Porsche CEO: “I Don’t Know Anything About Tesla”

JUN 27 2015 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 28

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS - Hopefully Someday This Will Be Offered As a Plug-In

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS – Hopefully Someday This Will Be Offered As a Plug-In

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Matthias Muller, the chief executive officer of Porsche, is trying to make it seem as though the German automaker doesn’t have an eye on Tesla Motors.

According to Muller, Porsche isn’t looking to Tesla or its CEO Elon Musk for any insight into the plug-in world.

In fact, Muller stated:

“I cannot say anything about Tesla. I don’t know anything about Tesla.”

Of course, we know there’s not much truth to that statement. Muller is trying to mislead the public, or at least play down Tesla’s significance in the high-end automotive business.

You do recall this quote from Muller 3 months ago, right?

“Tesla has built an exceptional car.  They have a very pragmatic approach and set the standard, where we have to follow up now.”

Our guess is that Porsche is getting closer and closer to launching its Tesla competitor and, as such, wants to now keep it as much a secret as possible.

In regards to pure electric cars, Muller says “there is no doubt the future will have battery-driven cars, but the great question is when. This technology has problems.”  Whatever these “problems” are, Tesla has already overcome them and we’re certain Porsche will too.

Look for Porsche’s Tesla-fighting all-electric car to launch in 2017.

Source: Wall Street Journal

Categories: Porsche, Tesla

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Three Electrics
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Three Electrics

Where is the context for this quote? Where can I read the facts for myself?

ffbj
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ffbj

Well maybe, just maybe, you could try clicking on bottom of the article where it says source:
Wall Street Journal. Wherein he actually contradicts himself within that article itself.
They also provide a link to a previous article. Perhaps them you can discover the facts for the context of this quote for yourself. I’m not holding my breath though.

Three Electrics
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Three Electrics

These were rhetorical questions. It’s an author’s job to provide context, and here it was deliberately left out–likely because if you read the WSJ source, it’s implied that Muller was responding to a detailed question about Tesla’s financials, released a day before. But even that “article” is piss poor. It must be a slow news day.

tftf
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tftf

“Muller was responding to a detailed question about Tesla’s financials, released a day before”

Exactly, this quote is completely taken out of context. It was about Tesla’s quarterly numbers.

He knows about Tesla the company (see previous quote) and a Model S has been on Porsche’s parking lot for testing purposes for many months (nothing special, they test all the competition’s cars).

Dave R
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Dave R

Just another Eric Loveday article with a headline designed to create drama where there is none…

Anti-See Through
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It’s just a sodding headline. They’re supposed to be catchy. You guys are reading too far into it.

sven
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sven

This is a video clip of the Wall Street Journal interview with Matthias Muller, the CEO of Porsche, where he is asked if he is keeping an eye on Tesla Motors:

sven
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sven

Oops, my mistake. That is the German Environmental Minister, not the Porsche CEO.

ffbj
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ffbj

In this day and age you can’t go around making blanket statements and then come out a few months later and contradict yourself because someone will demonstrate your faus pas.
Perhaps the thought that if you ignore something hard enough and long enough and discount it enough it will go away.

Djoni
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Djoni

It’s “faux pas”
And you just made one 🙂

ffbj
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ffbj

Touche’.

Just_chris
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Just_chris

Do you guys win a ham at the end of the year for the most comments on an article?

This article seem deliberately provocative.

Jouni Valkonen
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Jouni Valkonen

And yet, there is no discussion expect this metadiscussion.

Foo
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Foo

Always expect a metadiscussion.

Jeff D
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Jeff D

It may not be a conradiction exactly, but more confidence in their own electric progress that he feels they really don’t need to follow. We’ll see if this is true or not when they come out with a full electric.

Cavaron
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Cavaron

The contrast between Mullers two quotes seem to hint to a discussion with his superior like this:
What? Did you really praise one of our competitors in public? Are you out of your mind? Do that again and you can search for another job!

In this context, Mullers “Tesla? Dunno…” makes sense.

Anon
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Anon

Yeah. Flattering the disruptive newcommer’s EV strategy probably didn’t go down well at corporate. Much executive tongue lashings. Public denial needs to be strong– especially if their engineers are copying Tesla so much with their new BEV, they’ll want to publicly downplay how much of a clone, it really is. 😉

tftf
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tftf

Porsche didn’t announce any pure BEV yet (they hinted at one with the Porsche 717
project).

Porsche is heavy into PHEVs at the moment. clearly NOT copying Tesla.

Mike777
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Mike777

The Chevy Volt design principle.
Really a major auto maker really does not want to take the risk that the average consumer will buy an EV and have a range issue.

A Tesla buyer, going in, knows what’s up.
A Porsche buyer, buying electric? He might think there’s free electrons in the air.

Nissan and Tesla took a Risky Position.
They’re both making it work.

Mike777
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Mike777

As for battery cost, the plugin makes sense as a bridge strategy. Tesla however, is plowing a lot of R&D money to make the hybrid bridge not necessary.

Anon
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Anon
Lensman
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Lensman

Anon said:

“Public denial needs to be strong– especially if their engineers are copying Tesla so much with their new BEV, they’ll want to publicly downplay how much of a clone, it really is.”

Yeah, perhaps next he’ll claim Porsche built a “Chinese wall”* between their engineers that took apart a Model S and their engineers who are designing their next BEV. 😀

*That’s not China-bashing. If you don’t know what the term means, Google is your friend.

Lensman
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Lensman

“I cannot say anything about Tesla. I don’t know anything about Tesla.”

…And if you believe that, I have some ocean front property in Kansas to sell you.

Steven
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Steven

Have you been watching the Weather Channel lately?

Anton Wahlman
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Anton Wahlman

It’s pretty obvious that he mis-spoke or was otherwise mis-interpreted here. What I’m hearing him saying is: “Look, I don’t want to talk about Tesla right now, so I don’t have a comment.” And that got translated somehow to him saying he doesn’t know anything about Tesla. Of course they know about Tesla. They have purchased several cars and done numerous tear-down analyses of the car going back to early 2013. They know every cubic millimeter of that car, and have for two years already, if not more.

mr. M
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mr. M

Maybe he want so say he doesnt know anything about the quarterly financial numbers of Tesla which might be true.

QCO
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QCO

Of course they have an eye on Tesla, everyone does.

But I also believe the German big 3 are committed to electrification on their own terms in order to meet the upcoming fleet fuel economy standards in one of their most profitable markets – North America. For now that primarily means PHEV & variations, which have greater appeal to their customer base. They are not copying Tesla.

PVH
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PVH

Of course they know about Tesla and they will find no rest before they put on the market something better (although maybe not cheaper). They have an industry standart to keep.