Stuttgart. On September 1, 2007, Porsche Deutschland GmbH of Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany, purchased a pair of Berlin-based Porsche Centers from the Eduard-Winter Group. The sale sees the Eduard-Winter Group withdraw completely from the automobile industry, having already sold its 19 VW-Audi dealerships at the end of 2005.
“Over the last 15 years, Berlin, the capital, has been transformed at a breathtaking pace into the country’s political and cultural hub. We want to do justice to this city’s special significance and build up a presence with our own subsidiaries on the ground,” said Bernhard Maier, Managing Director of Porsche Deutschland GmbH.
The 80 employees from the two dealerships have been kept on by Porsche Deutschland GmbH. “We still see enormous potential in the greater Berlin and Potsdam area and intend to expand further”, confirmed Maier. Maier also announced a location shift: since the Berlin-Süd Porsche Center on Goerzallee no longer meets the sports-car manufacturer’s requirements, Porsche has purchased a site for a new build in the Dreilinden part of town – between Berlin-Zehlendorf and Potsdam. The Managing Director of the new Porsche Center is Detlef Splinter, head of the Porsche Center in Franklinstraße, in the centre of Berlin, since 2003. On September 1, 2007, Otmar Westerfellhaus, who has been Managing Director of the Porsche subsidiary in Mannheim for the last four years, took the helm in central Berlin.