Dr Wiedeking is confident because Porsche's decision to break out of its longstanding dependence on a couple of two-door models, the Boxster and the 911, will guarantee higher sales and profits for the next few years while a fourth as yet undecided platform is unveiled.

"It won't be a saloon," Dr Wiedeking said. Nor would it be a revival of the now discontinued 928, another market where he doesn't see growth.

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