Porsche built 500,000th Cayenne at its Leipzig plant

Article by Anita Panait, on July 8, 2013

The very high demand for the Porsche Cayenne has resulted to higher production figures at the carmaker’s Leipzig site in Germany, where it is building the sports car. Oliver Blume, member of the Executive Board for Production and Logistics at Porsche AG, remarked that they started producing just around 70 Cayennes every day at the plant in 2002.

The site now builds five times that amount due to high demand, Blume said. He noted that in 2012, Porsche delivered more 83,000 Cayenne vehicles for customers in over 125 countries – all from the site’s assembly line. He described the Cayenne’s feat as “a genuine success story of the Porsche plant in Saxony.”

Porsche recently reached the 500,000th production milestone for the Cayenne, with its owner picking up the unit.

Every year, 2,500 Porsche customers from around the world pick their new vehicle in person, allowing them experience driving a Porsche at the Leipzig site’s FIA-certified circuit and the off-the-road track.

The owner of the 500,000th model from Austria to Leipzig to accept key to his white Cayenne S Diesel powered by 382-hp V8 engine in a little ceremony.

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Leipzig plant builds 500,000th vehicle

The 500,000th vehicle has rolled off the production line in the Porsche factory in Saxony. The anniversary sports car, a white Cayenne S was converted into a command vehicle for the Leipzig fire brigade with the assistance of Porsche apprentices. Matthias Müller, the President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, handed the keys to the Lord Mayor of the City as a token of the relationship with Porsche’s Leipzig home. The first car to come off the Leipzig assembly line was a Cayenne in 2002.

“Half a million vehicles in only ten years is a remarkable result for a luxury car manufacturer like Porsche. Behind the success is a strong workforce now numbering 1,005 employees at our production facility in Saxony. I am impressed by the high degree of technical expertise of our Leipzig colleagues. They send forth into the world the seal of quality ‘Made in Germany’ and with it a piece of Leipzig,” said Müller in his speech to high-ranking guests.

In his speech, Leipzig’s Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung emphasized the importance to the city’s development of Porsche having set up shop there: “500,000 Porsches made in Leipzig is powerful evidence of Porsche’s ability as a company to perform in the industrial location that is Leipzig. The world’s most prestigious sports car manufacturer has put its faith in this city and written a success story. I look forward to the new, even larger Porsche plant.”

Leipzig is on course for growth: “Never have we produced as many cars as we do today, and we are expanding our production for an entirely new model line as well,” the Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH, Siegfried Bülow, explained, indicating a start of production date for the Macan at the end of 2013. To that end, Porsche is developing the production facility into a fully-fledged plant with its own body assembly line and paint shop, investing more than 500 million euro and creating approximately 1,000 additional jobs in the medium term.

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