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Porsche Plans Big Expansion for New Cajun Crossover

Will invest $685 million in Leipzig plant.

by on Oct.19, 2011

Porsche will invest $685 million to prep for the launch of the new Cajun sport-crossover.

With its Cayenne sport-utility vehicle now the brand’s best-selling model, Porsche is planning a hefty investment to ensure a second, smaller crossover — dubbed Cajun — gets off to a good start.

That will include a 500-million Euro investment to expand the German maker’s showcase plant in Leipzig, Germany where production of the Cajun is set to begin in late 2013 The Leipzig plant, which opened in 2002 and is something of a tourist attraction in old east Germany, is already used for building the Porsche Cayenne, the maker’s first sport-utility vehicle, as well as the four-seat Panamera sports car.

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The Cajun will target a lower, more mainstream segment than Porsche’s current SUV, potentially opening up markets where the Cayenne is simply too big – as well as expensive – such as Europe. But with even U.S. buyers downsizing as fuel prices rise, the maker also sees opportunities in the States.


Milestones: 10,000 Porsche Panamera Sedans

The four-door is off to a strong start at the Leipzig plant.

by on Dec.14, 2009

Porsche Panamera number 10, 000 rolled off the production line at the Leipzig plant

The 500-horsepower Panamera Turbo will be delivered to a customer in Singapore.

While Porsche AG is struggling with profitability and cutting work hours, the new introduced Panamera sedan is doing nicely.

Three months after the new Panamera went on sale, the 10,000th car rolled off the production line at the Leipzig plant. The 500-horsepower, platinum silver metallic, Panamera Turbo will be delivered to a customer in Singapore.

The company plans to build 20,000 Panamera models per year on average. The so-called fourth Porsche model series is being manufactured at the Leipzig plant, sharing a production line with the Cayenne SUV.



The model range starts with the Panamera S, combining a 400-horsepower 4.8-liter eight-cylinder with rear-wheel drive, with power transmitted via a six-speed manual gearbox. An option is a PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, an automatic transmission with seven speeds and stop/start technology. The 4S adds all-wheel-drive. And the Turbo – actually, it is bi-turbo – boosts output to 500 horsepower by force-feeding the V8. Eventfully, a V6 model is planned.