Porsche stops production of Panamera, Cayenne at its plant in Leipzig as floods disrupted supplies

Article by Christian A., on June 6, 2013

Due to the floods that affected Germany, Porsche was forced to stop production today at its assembly plant in Leipzig. The plant currently builds the Cayenne SUV and the Panamera sedan. According to Automotive News, Porsche told the reporters that today’s early shift didn’t come to work after floods in the Czech Republic disrupted supply of Cayenne SUV bodies.

According to a Porsche spokeswoman, the German manufacturer has a “bottleneck in the supply of car bodies built in the Volkswagen plant in Bratislava, which are transported by train across the Czech Republic to our plant in Leipzig”.

Furthermore, this stoppage will also impact the final assembly of the Panamera despite the fact that there are no similar supply problems since the bodies are produced in the northern German city of Hanover.

Porsche spokeswoman also told the reporters that the automaker will offset the lost output through additional shifts.

The plant currently produces through additional shifts. Still, there are more lucky carmakers such as Bmw, which also has a plant in Leipzig and it is not facing any production disruption.

Amazingly, the new Porsche Panamera features five technological innovations making their debut in a production model in the luxury performance segment. For instance, the new Porsche Panamera is the first in the segment to feature a double-clutch gearbox and a start-stop system in an automatic transmission. It is also the first in the segment to feature active aerodynamics provided through a rear spoiler that could automatically deploy and adjust air flow angle.

Likewise, the new Porsche Panamera is the first in the luxury performance segment to offer adaptive air suspension with on-demand volume in each spring. Lastly, the new Panamera is the first to be fitted with Sport Chrono Package, which at a single press of button, dynamically tweaks the setup of the engine, suspension, transmission and other components for a sportier performance. Launch Control is also provided, allowing drivers to experience the fastest possible sprint from a standstill.

All Panamera models are on also top of the luxury performance segment in terms of efficiency, as all of them aren’t just lightweight but also feature Direct Fuel Injection and low-friction drive systems. In fact, even the range-topping Porsche Panamera Turbo has a weight of less than 2,000 kilograms (4,410 lbs DIN norm) while being loaded with a plethora of standard features.

To further make the PDK versions of the Panamera become more efficient – lower fuel consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions – they are provided with the new Auto Start-Stop that could automatically switch off the engine once the vehicle comes to a halt. The system also automatically turns it off as soon as the driver depresses the brake pedal. This means that when the Panamera is at a stop, it doesn’t consume fuel, resulting to reduced fuel consumption when the vehicle is trapped in city traffic.

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