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.

The new Porsche Cayenne is lighter, more dynamic, more efficient, and more spacious inside, giving you an insight into the future of sporting, elegant design and technology. Needless to say, the car is more Porsche than ever.

Porsche’s Cayenne lineup is led by the Cayenne S Hybrid, which is the carmaker’s first production car with hybrid drive. The new generation of Cayenne models leads the way when it comes to modern efficiency, with up to 23% reduced fuel consumption compared with the previous models.

Just like every Porsche car, the new Cayenne was developed in accordance with the Porsche Intelligent Performance principle, which promotes lower CO2 emissions, more power on lesser fuel, and greater efficiency.

It is also worth noting that three out of five Cayenne range models remain below the 10-liter fuel consumption limit for every 100 km in the NEDC or New European Driving Cycle. Meanwhile, two models – Cayenne S Hybrid at 193 g/km and Cayenne Diesel at 195 g/km – also remain below the 200 g of CO2 per km emission limit.

This significant decrease in fuel consumption all through the entire Porsche Cayenne range is due to the introduction of the carmaker’s new 8-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission plus Auto Start Stop. Also contributing to this is the Cayenne’s wider gear increments range, the engine transmission cooling circuit’s thermal management, variable overrun cut-off, consistent weight reduction, intelligent lightweight construction, and recuperation of on-board network.

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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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