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Porsche : Des perquisitions au siège pour une affaire de corruption

En ce début de semaine, des perquisitions ont eu lieu dans les bureaux de Porsche AG en Allemagne. Celles-ci ont été menées dans le cadre d’une enquête ouverte autour d’une affaire de corruption.
Que les choses soient claires, ces perquisitions et cette procédure diligentée par le parquet stuttgartois n’on rien à voir avec les effets et dommages co-latéraux du Diesel gate.

Dossier fiscal et corruption

On a appris que des informations très confidentielles (et probablement technologiques) auraient été fournies à un conseiller fiscal et que, bien évidemment, des rémunérations importantes auraient été versées à un membre du comité d’entreprise du constructeur de Zuffenhausen.

Ainsi ce sont quelques 176 inspecteurs de la police et du fisc accompagnés par 10 magistrats qui ont fouillé les bureaux de Porsche AG à Weissach, mais aussi ceux installés à Stuttgart, les bureaux d’un important conseiller fiscal local et les bureaux des autorités financières de la région du Bade Wurtemberg.

Si on en croit la justice allemande, des hauts responsables et dirigeants de Porsche sont soupçonnés d’avoir enfreint les obligations fiduciaires en accordant des paiements disproportionnés ou incompatibles avec sa fonction à un membre du comité d’entreprise.
Par ailleurs, les services de police font savoir qu’un responsable du fisc est soupçonné d’avoir fourni des informations confidentielles à un conseiller fiscal de Porsche AG en échange de nombreuses et onéreuses faveurs.

L’affaire est à suivre car elle pourrait impliquer des dirigeants actuels et passés de la prestigieuse firme automobile.
Ce nouveau dossier judiciaire fait suite à celui du Diesel gate pour lequel Porsche a été condamné par le tribunal de Stuttgart, il y a deux semaines, à payer une amende de 535 millions d’euros pour « manquement au devoir de surveillance pour des véhicules dont les émissions de NOx ne correspondaient pas aux normes ».

Via AP, Reuters.

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Porsche Q1 Revenue, Operating Profit, Employees, and Vehicle Deliveries Up All Around

The name of the game at Porsche AG in recent years has been growth. The company has seen years of consecutive success, increased sales, and larger profit percentage from those gains. They’ve been reinvesting a lot of their profit into the company’s future, as their stated goal is sustainability, and this is a transition period in the car world. Across the first three months of this year, Porsche has delivered around 63,500 vehicles, up 6% over last year. Revenue, meanwhile, rose by 8% to 5.9 billion euro. The company’s operating result totaled 976 million euro and the operating profit margin was 16.4%. At the end of the first quarter, Porsche’s workforce included 30,335 staff, up 7% from the same time last year when the company employed just 28,249 people.

Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT at Porsche AG had this to say, “This successful first quarter creates a solid basis for the coming months. We want to evolve from being purely a vehicle manufacturer to become a successful provider of exclusive and sporty mobility solutions. In order to get there, we are continuing to invest heavily. But even in this period of transformation, our goal is to remain profitable outright.”

Meschke went on to stress the importance of Porsche’s work outside of the car sales business, including their After Sales department, and consulting services provided by MHP and Porsche Consulting, which all made a positive contribution to the result. The company’s strategic profit target of 15% is well within the realm of possibility for the full 2018 financial year. Porsche expects another boom in sales when the Mission E hits the market (which could indicate that they plan to launch the full EV before the end of 2018!).

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Diesel gate : Porsche et Jörg Kerner impliqués ?

Diesel gate : Porsche et Jörg Kerner impliqués ?

Jörg Kerner, le responsable des moteurs chez Porsche a été placé il y a quelques jours en détention provisoire en Allemagne dans le cadre de de l’enquête et des perquisitions liées au Diesel gate. Après Volkswagen et Audi, c’est au tour du prestigieux constructeur stuttgartois d’être dans la tourmente et sous le feu des projecteurs. […]

Cet article Diesel gate : Porsche et Jörg Kerner impliqués ? est apparu en premier sur The Automobilist.

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Porsche Begins 2018 With Further Growth

Overall Growth Trends

2017 was a record year for Porsche. Based on the data we have since January, it looks like 2018 is shaping up to be another record year. In the first quarter of this year Porsche AG delivered around 63,500 vehicles worldwide. This represents an increase of 6% over 2017. North America and Europe have shown the most substantial growth, though the Asian and African markets have also grown this year. Deliveries in the US increased 10% to around 14,000 total vehicles.

China was again the largest individual market for Porsche. More than 18,600 vehicles were delivered in the first quarter of 2018, showing growth of 3%. In all of Europe more than 20,600 vehicles were delivered, 7,700 of which found homes in Germany. Growth in both the German and overall European market were 8%.

Individual Model Growth

The most impressive growth in a single model came from the Panamera. The new model, introduced in 2017, showed a sales increase of around 200%. Hybrid models have also performed well, and more than 60% of Panameras sold in Europe this year have been hybrids. This growth parallels Porsche’s future electric goals. The Mission E Cross Turismo study, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, demonstrates Porsche’s future trajectory with electrification. “The success of our hybrid models shows that the application of values typical of the Porsche brand to this drive technology has been effective”, says Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG Detlev von Platen.

For the first quarter of 2018, Porsche’s most successful model has been the Macan. 23,000 Macans have been delivered worldwide. The 911 has also been a strong seller, with more than 9,600 vehicles delivered to customers, an increase of 35% over 2017.

This year’s growth is exciting for Porsche. While the SUV and hybrid models have been predictably strong sellers, interest remains high in the brand’s traditional sports cars. This is good news for those of us whose Porsches come use, because this year is starting off with some exciting models.

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8 Items of Interest We Learned From Porsche’s Year-End Press Conference

Year in and year out things are getting better and better for Porsche. To those of us who recall the dark days of the early 1990s, it’s very welcome to see this trend in our favorite brand. 2016 was the most profitable year in the company’s history, and 2017 continued this trend. As Porsche’s investment in electrification and diversification of model lines increases, so too do the company’s profitability and output, breaking the records set in 2016 and setting the bar continually higher.

The biggest headline is the 7% increase in profit over 2016, upping profits to 4.1 billion Euro. That is only one of the records, and only tells part of the story. Broken down by numbers, here is how 2017 went for Porsche:

  • 246,375 vehicles delivered
  • Profit increased 7% to 3.9b Euro
  • Operating profit increased 17.6%
  • Revenue increased 5% to 23.5b Euro
  • 10% increase in deliveries in China, 6% increase in the Middle East and Asia
  • Panamera sales increased 83% over 2016
  • Employment increased from 27,612 to 29,777
  • 750 Training positions available, fifty additional technical training programs are being added

Continuing the Growth

Porsche’s current three-pronged strategy to growth will continue over the next decade. In keeping with Porsche’s environmental and social goals the brand’s hybrid and full electric options will continue to expand. As global transportation needs change, Porsche aims to be responsible and provide for these needs in the most effective ways. “The regions of the world are developing at different rates. We are therefore gearing ourselves up as flexibly as possible for the transitional period,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

Porsche recently publicly launched one production model and one concept highlighting the breadth of this strategy. The Mission-E Cross Turismo and the 991.2 GT3 RS show the extent of Porsche’s technological prowess, while simultaneously highlighting their internal combustion history and electric future.

To Porsche, their automotive and cultural goals are intrinsically linked. Per Oliver Blume; « We never view our economic success in isolation. We always have a clear focus on the non-financial aspects of our business too – our social responsibility. We don’t see conflict between economic, ecological and social aspects. They must work in harmony with each other.

Following on this principle, Porsche has committed to using energy from sustainable sources. Since January 2017 Porsche AG has used 100% green energy. These initiatives are extending into the future, including moving their rail logistics to a carbon-neutral process. Mission E is also intended to be produced using a CO2-neutral process.

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