Porsche resumes Cayenne production at Leipzig site

Article by Anita Panait, on June 7, 2013

Porsche has resumed producing its Cayenne sport utility vehicle at its Leipzig site in Germany, after floods in the region forced suspension of the plant’s operations. In a statement, plant head Siegfried Buelow said they are resuming production on June 6, 2013, but disclosed that supply situation “remains critical."

Porsche will determine day-by-day the number of vehicles to be produced. Porsche stopped production on the line, which builds the Cayenne and Panamera models, after high water levels in the Czech Republic disrupted freight train delivery of components sourced from Bratislava, Slovakia.

The floods were caused by unseasonal heavy rainfall, and were considered the worst in central Europe since 2002. Around 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the state of Saxony and thousands more in Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria.

Rising waters have already hampered modes of transportation using rail, roads and rivers. According Julia Pirlich, a spokeswoman for Porsche, the Leipzig site typically builds 450 cars a day on three shifts.

She added that the production stoppage in the Leipzig site affected several hundred of the plant’s 1,250 workers. Pirlich noted that thanks to Porsche’s flexible production system, they were able to make up for the lost vehicles.

More dynamic and with a more efficient engine, the new Cayenne is a picture of engineering excellence, which boasts of a larger interior space, a lighter overall weight and a unique, elegantly sporty feature. Truly, the Cayenne is a Porsche, with its world-class engineering features.

Porsche introduced its line-up of new generation models, led by the Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid, its first ever hybrid-powered production car. As expected, the new generation models has put Porsche in the limelight once more, with trendsetting engineering accomplishments, such as enhanced overall efficiency for its new generation models, resulting in a fuel consumption reduction of up to 23 per cent compared to its predecessors.

For all Porsche vehicles, including the new Cayenne, the principle of Porsche Intelligent Performance was applied in its development. This Porsche principle preaches the mantra of maximized power with minimized fuel, resulting in an increased efficiency with reduced CO2 emissions.

Thus, it is not surprising that Porsche’s new generation models have successfully complied with the fuel consumption limits set by the New European Driving Cycle of ten liters per 100 kilometres. Furthermore, two Porsche models have well complied to the prescribed emission limit of 200 grams of CO2 per kilometre- these are the Cayenne Diesel and the Cayenne S Hybrid with an emission rate of 195 grams/km and 193 grams/km respectively.

Through the years, Porsche has exerted continuous efforts to further improve on their engine design and performance, and this resulted in substantial achievements in producing a far more efficient engine, such as Porsche’s new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, complete with Auto Stop. This new engine is the reason why Porsche’s Cayenne model enjoys a remarkable reduction in both fuel consumption and carbon emission.

Also contributing to a more efficient performance on the road are other outstanding Porsche features such as a wider range of gear increments, a thermal management system for the engine and transmission cooling circuit, recuperation features of its on-board network, a variable overrun reduction and last but not the least, consistent achievements in weight reduction brought about by well designed lightweight construction.

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