Porsche Cayman/Boxster production exceeded the 300,000 mark

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 24, 2011

A lucky German customer is set to receive the milestone 300,000th unit of Porsche’s Boxter and Cayman models that was built ever since the launch. The milestone vehicle – a Boxster Spyder with Platinum Silver metallic finish and Carrera red natural leather interior trim – was built at the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen production line.

Porsche is known for offering high-performance sports cars but they’re actually some of the most reliable cars on the market.

They also have the ability to retain their value well over time. Both the Boxster and Cayman were named in the top 10 best vehicles on the US market.

Meanwhile, these models rank second and third in Germany among cars that hold their value the best. It’s likely that the Boxster saved the struggling Porsche when it was presented in 1996.

But it was three years before it was introduced that the concept version of the car was displayed at the Detroit Motor Show.

The car had been based on the classic lines of the 356 and 555 Spyder. Porsche said that the public response has been awesome, prompting it to put the model into production. Porsche attributed its success to its “dynamic lines, outstanding performance and an attractive price.”

Press Release

More than 300,000 Porsche Boxster, Caymans built

A nice round number to celebrate the birthday: Almost 15 years to the month after production began, the Porsche Boxster, together with its sister model, the Cayman, exceeded the 300,000 mark for the number of vehicles built. With its timeless attractiveness, this two-seat, mid-engine Porsche design has what it takes to make yet another sports car icon. To mark the anniversary, a Boxster Spyder with Platinum Silver metallic finish and Carrera red natural leather interior trim will roll off the Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen production line in June, destined for a customer in Germany.

There are solid reasons for this long-standing success: The Boxster and Cayman are continuously developed based on a meticulous mid-engine concept and are therefore deemed to set the standard for sports cars of their class. In the important export market of the United States, this is the tenth year that they have been ranked among the “10 Best” vehicles by Car and Driver Magazine and occupy second and third place in Germany as the vehicles that hold their value the best, hot on the heels of the 911.

The Boxster’s origins testify to the typical Porsche blend of capability, courage and farsightedness. In the economically challenging times of the early 1990’s, the company decided to go onto the offensive and unveiled the classic mid-engine roadster concept at the 1993 Detroit Motor Show. In its design language, the show car was reminiscent of the 356 No. 1 and the 550 Spyder. The overwhelming public response clinched the decision to proceed to series production of the Boxster, which began in the summer of 1996, and introduced as a 1997 model.

Dynamic lines, outstanding performance and an attractive price quickly catapulted the mid-engine sports car onto the bestseller list while attracting new customers to Porsche. To put the successful concept on a broader stage, Porsche also developed a Coupe based on the open-topped, two-seater roadster that made its world debut at the 2005 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show as the Cayman. The enormous demand resulted in the Boxster and Cayman being built at Valmet Automotive in Finland in addition to Zuffenhausen.

The model range currently comprises the four open-topped variants, the Boxster, Boxster S, Boxster S Black Edition and Boxster Spyder. These are complemented by the Cayman, Cayman S, Cayman S Black Edition and Cayman R Coupes.

The engine variants for the two model lines range between 255 hp and 330 hp thanks to Porsche Intelligent Performance fuel consumption is rated as high as 29 MPG highway.

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