New Porsche Cajun may be built by Audi

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 16, 2010

The Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper recently reported that Porsche has been thinking about building the Cajun in its plant in Leipzig, Germany; however, an Audi plant may be chosen instead to produce the new small SUV.

In Porsche's goal to expand its lineup to help nearly double annual unit sales to 150,000, the Cajun is due to go on sale in 2013.

The newspaper adds that Porsche has made plans to expand its Leipzig plant for the Cajun and has held discussions with the city's authorities. Porsche has 650 workers in Leipzig that produce the Panamera sedan and Cayenne SUV.

So far, Porsche has not confirmed a production location for the Cajun. Short for Cayenne Junior, the Cajun will target younger customers who cannot afford the Cayenne SUV, the brand's best-selling model.

One of Audi's two German Audi production sites in Neckarsulm and Ingolstadt may also be picked to build the Cajun, which will share its underbody with the Audi Q5, other German press reports have said.

Audi is responsible for developing the Cajun together with future versions of Volkswagen Group's VW, Porsche and Audi SUV models.

VW, which owns Audi, is merging Porsche into its brand portfolio after VW acquired 49.9 percent of Porsche's car-making unit when, in 2009, Porsche failed in a hostile takeover bid for VW. [via autonews - sub. required]

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