VW has a host of luxury brands which could benefit from the Panamera platform including Audi, Bentley and Bugatti. Sources have said that the Panamera platform will not be shared with Lamborghini.
VW is already looking to Porsche for more platform sharing after its takeover of the German sports car brand.
According to Inside Line, Porsche will be sharing the Panamera platform with parent company VW, even though they had previously declared the intention of never coupling Panamera production with any other brand.
Sources would not reveal to Inside Line which VW brand the Panamera platform would be shared with, but did say that it was not Lamborghini.
VW has several other luxury brands in its pallet which could benefit from sharing technology with the Panamera, including Audi, Bentley and Bugatti. Each of those could theoretically use the four-seat, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive platform of the Panamera model. But no obvious choices seem to arise.
It could be a new model in development for a VW brand that has not yet been made public.
Porsche's Panamera range will be expanding in the coming years, before the model is expected to be discontinued in 2017. That includes a gasoline/petrol V6 in 2010 and a hybrid variant in 2011. Porsche may not offer a diesel Panamera, with the U.S. being one of its largest markets and one that is not yet receptive to diesel technology.