The Macan and Bertrandt

Life, intensified

Development across all competence centres

Maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision – all these are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability. The SUV is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roof line Development across all competence centres accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics. Bertrandt provided support for almost the entire product creation process.   

Bertrandt supports Porsche in its new development

With the launch of the Macan compact SUV, Porsche is expanding its range to include a whole new class of vehicle. The smaller brother of the Cayenne combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the outset. Many of the design elements have been taken from other Porsche sports cars and enhanced for the Macan. It is clear from the very first glance that the Porsche Macan is the first sports car in the compact SUV segment. Its name comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. And the Macan really does live up to its name: powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain. In launching the Macan, Porsche offers sporty all-wheel-drive vehicles across an unprecedented range.

Our many years of creative cooperation with Porsche and the successful support provided by Bertrandt in recent years enabled us once again to take part in complete projects for Porsche. We covered almost the entire product creation process in the development and design of the Macan, which allowed us to offer comprehensive support to our customer. Our experts from almost all Competence Centres were involved in the creation of the Macan: including Body Development, Electrics/Electronics, Powertrain, Interior, Testing, Modelling, Development-Supporting Services, Simulation and Greenhouse Function Development.  

An important role in Greenhouse Function Development was played by occupant safety and interfaces to the body in white. Bertrandt was involved above all in the development and construction of the body in white, acting as a solution-finder, idea-provider and implementer. State-of-the-art technologies were integrated, and interfaces and processes were optimised. Our aim was to be a reliable development partner and system integrator in order to consistently improve the process from the initial idea to the finished product.

In the field of simulation, Bertrandt was able to apply its many years of experience and the targeted use of virtual CAE tools even at early stages of development, thus preparing the ground for achieving the functional targets. In this way, we made sure that simulation improved efficiency in the Macan project. Macan and Bertrandt: our specialists responded to the challenge and successfully supported Porsche along the entire product development process of the Macan.  

In brief

Body – body in white

  • Wings and side walls
  • Roof
  • Front and rear end
  • Doors
  • Adaptation to the platform
  • Exterior scopes

Body – components

  • Integration of air conditioning components
  • Cockpit integration
  • Air ducts
  • Heating circuit
  • Integration of auxiliary heating, incl. fuel lines


  • Diagnosis development
  • Commissioning/support for engine electronics, vehicle diagnosis and measuring systems
  • Change management in wiring harness development
  • Off-board diagnosis for Porsche tester


  • Test support – integration of Group sub-assemblies
  • Support for project management/change management
  • Development/design of engine peripherals


  • Greenhouse function development
  • Lower pillar trim
  • Carpets, damping materials and functional parts


  • Curtain and thorax airbag development
  • Testing of longitudinal trim and bumpers


  • Body in white – strength/abuse
  • Doors/closures – stiffness/strength
  • Complete vehicle – pendulum calculation/driving simulation


  • Construction of photo and film vehicles
  • Assembly support for vehicle construction
  • Coating of interior and exterior components

Development-supporting services

  • Prototype logistics
  • Project procurement
  • Greenhouse project management, incl. project management support, to achieve schedule, cost and performance targets
  • Technical documentation