Porsche is commemorating the rolling out of its 100,000th second generation Cayenne in Leipzig. This coincides with the anniversary year of Porsche’s Saxony site. Wolfgang Leimgruber, Member of the Executive Board of Production and Logistics of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, said that this year, Porsche Leipzig is celebrating a decade of success.
It used to be a Greenfield site but is now considered one of the most modern car plants worldwide.
Leipzig plant produces the Cayenne as well as the Panamera luxury saloon, of which around 70,000 units have been built. Leimgruber added that over 93,800 vehicles were produced by the Leipzig plant in 2011, more than any other year.
The 100,000th Cayenne, a “pure white” SUV with a V8 engine, is meant to be shipped to Brazil.
Cayenne is available in over 124 markets in five model variants covering a power range from 180 kW (245 hp) to 368 kW (500 hp). They also have an average fuel consumption, which range from 7.2 to 11.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
Leipzig plant has been producing the second generation of the Cayenne since 2009. Porsche has delivered more than 360,000 units of the first generation since 2002.
Unlike the previous versions, the new Cayenne is closer to the Porsche than ever. Proof of this is that the new model is more efficient and more dynamic. The new Cayenne is lighter and offers more space as well as comes with an elegant and athletic design. Overall, this range offers us a preview of what we can expect for the future.
Due to a combination of concept changes done on the vehicle and the use of a mix of materials that are weight optimized, weight for the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, for example, is reduced by as much as 185 kilograms, or about 410 pounds. What makes this extra-light all-wheel drive more amazing is the fact that the weight has been lowered even if the product substance was enhanced and fitted with higher levels of all-around safety.
A lower weight means not only better fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions but also improved agility, road handling, and performance. Like every model that comes out of the brand, the Cayenne was made in line with the Porsche Intelligent Performance concept which is to deliver more power but use less fuel, offering better efficiency while lowering CO2 emissions.
When it comes to the new generation of products that show the way of contemporary efficiency, taking the lead is the Cayenne S Hybrid. As the brand’s first production car to be equipped with a hybrid drive, fuel consumption is lower by as much as 23% when compared to previous models.
Of the five new models, it is the Cayenne S Hybrid, with CO2 emissions at 193 g/km, and the Cayenne Diesel, having CO2 emissions of 195 g/km, that fall below the 200 g/km limit. Among the five models, three show fuel consumption, under the New European Driving Cycle, of being below 10 liters per 100 kilometers.
Of the many factors that resulted in lower fuel consumption, one stands out. It’s that the engine has been paired with the automatic Tiptronic S 8-speed transmission. The transmission is equipped with the Auto Start/Stop function and offers a wider range when it comes to gear increases. Helping achieve the reduced fuel consumption is the thermal management fitted on the transmission cooling circuit and the engine.
There is also the variable overrun cut-off and the on-board network recuperation. As mentioned earlier, the lower weight and the use of intelligent lightweight construction was a factor as well. What this means is that the new Cayenne does not only deliver when it comes to on-road and off-road driving pleasure, it offers the ultimate elegance, improved comfort, and better everyday driving.
The new Cayenne generation released for 2010 displays an elegant but sporty design and thus is able to show its athletic attribute no matter where it is viewed from. As it is able to reveal a design and shape expected from a Porsche, it is no wonder why many are saying this new generation is indeed nearer to the Porsche family.