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Head of 911 line has made his fi­nal model, hands over to Frank-steffen Wal­liser

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Au­gust Ach­leit­ner, head of pro­duc­tion for the 911 model line, has an­nounced he is to re­tire. The Ger­man, who has en­joyed an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer at Porsche over­see­ing de­vel­op­ment of the 911 for the last 20 years, made the an­nounce­ment at the un­veil­ing of the Porsche 992 in Los An­ge­les.

The Porsche brand am­bas­sador and com­pére for the 992 pre­sen­ta­tion, Mark Web­ber, hinted at the news dur­ing his on-stage in­ter­view with Ach­leit­ner. “This is go­ing to be your last 911; how do you feel about it?” Web­ber asked Ach­leit­ner, who later con­firmed to jour­nal­ists his in­ten­tion to leave the Stuttgart man­u­fac­turer within the next few months.

Au­gust Ach­leit­ner started his Porsche ca­reer in 1983, work­ing on chas­sis de­vel­op­ment. He then led the Tech­ni­cal Prod­uct De­vel­op­ment, Ve­hi­cle Con­cepts and Pack­age de­part­ment from 1989 to 2000 be­fore tak­ing over re­spon­si­bil­ity for the 911 in 2001. “The ra­di­ance of the 911 al­ways fas­ci­nated me – its unique form and the con­cept. I have al­ways been driven by the aim of pre­serv­ing those as­pects while none­the­less mak­ing ev­ery­thing bet­ter – and that ap­proach has chal­lenged me time and again,” Ach­leit­ner re­calls.

“We thank Gustl Ach­leit­ner for his ex­tra­or­di­nary com­mit­ment to our com­pany. Over the course of 18 years he shaped the Porsche 911 more than any­one else. He un­der­stood just how to con­tin­u­ally re­fine the 911 while al­ways re­tain­ing its char­ac­ter,” com­mented Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche AG, of Ach­leit­ner’s ser­vices to the sports car icon. Ach­leit­ner will be re­placed in the role by Frankst­ef­fen Wal­liser in a grad­ual process through­out Q1 2019. Wal­liser’s cur­rent role as head of Mo­tor­sports and GT ve­hi­cles will in turn be taken by Fritz Enzinger, ef­fec­tive from 1

Jan­uary 2019.

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