The goal is to prepare VW to challenge Toyota, which is on track to become the World’s biggest carmaker by the end of 2007. The irony here is that Toyota’s own consultants helped Porsche’s turnaround in the early 90’s and it’s since become the most profitable carmaker in the business. "If anyone can challenge the Toyota benchmark (for efficiency), it's VW," Wiedeking said. "But that requires extremely hard work, and it doesn't happen overnight."
Another reason for a review of the factories is that VW will be building parts for future Porsche models, beginning with painted bodies for the new Panamera four-seater coupe that will be built in Hanover, Germany.