The protracted power struggle between Volkswagen and Porsche is at last over with the former unexpectedly taking control of the latter in a role reversal many industry experts did not expect. Indeed, sources within Volkswagen say the German giant sometimes forgets that it owns the sports car maker and not the other way around, forcing it to write a reminder on a Post-It note bearing a simple German phrase that literally translates as ‘Ha ha!’
This week, however, reports suggest that VW is rapidly warming to its role as Porsche’s new master as insiders revealed that the Wolfsburg-based car giant decided to play a prank on its latest acquisition by telling them the famous 911 sports car was to be cancelled.
‘Oh ja, that was like totally amusing,’ said VW board member Dr Rudi Hackenburg. ‘We like totally told them that the 911 programme was to be cancelled because it would clash with, like, our plans to make some rear engined Polo or some shit like that. Oh man, you should have seen their faces’.
Volkswagen’s executive director of research and development, Dr Wolfgang Schiele, backs up his colleague’s Porsche prank story. ‘Oh man, did Rudi tell you about that? Dude it was awesome. All these Porsche guys are like, Boo hoo, you can’t cancel the 911 and we were like, we so can too cuz we, like, totally own your asses now, and they were all like “But it’s our core model and epitomises all our key values” and then like Tha K-man [VW executive director of engineering Dr Klaus Rieble] pretended to, like, use his phone and said “Wait, I’ll just call someone who gives a shit”. Man, it was so funny I almost puked’.
Dr Schiele later confirmed that the Volkswagen board continued in a similar vein for another ‘like 20 minutes or something’ until executive director of powertrain Dr Jurgen Klausen activated a pre-planned Powerpoint slide which read simply ‘PWNED!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!111111’ after which all 12 members of the Volkswagen board present at the meeting reportedly ‘like totally shit themselves, like we were totally laughing and those Porsche guys, they were like ‘no way’ and they like totally left the room, and then we like totally laughed some more and then, like, went over to Tha K-man’s house cuz his dad always hides his stash of beer under the counter and his mom is like totally hot too’.
The 911 prank incident has caused such ruffled feathers amongst Porsche management that Volkswagen’s PR director Dr Hartmut Welter was forced to make the following statement to the press; ‘The integration of two proud and established companies is never going to be straightforward. However, we believe that the integration process is running smoothly and that we now have a roadmap for future product development and strategy. Also, we have totally thought of some more, like, awesome pranks we’re gonna pull on those Porsche dudes like, you know, telling them that the next Boxster has to be based on the Golf or some shit. Oh man, they’re like totally funny and… shhhhh shhhhhh shhhhhhhh, they’re coming. Everyone act, like totally normal…’