Porsche Prepared to Build Compact Cajun CUV in Leipzig, Germany
Porsche has made its executive decision on the production site for the new Cajun, and it will be in the home market of Germany.
Back in January, it appeared China was a viable location for the Cajun but Leipzig hadn't been left out of the mix. Leipzig, located in the eastern Saxony region, currently handles the Cayenne and Panamera. Adding the Cajun will bring another 1000 jobs to the plant. Pending approval, the factory's expansion is planned for later this year, which includes installing a new body assembly line and paint shop.
"During the production of the Cayenne and the Panamera, our Leipzig plant has impressively proved that it can produce premium vehicles of highest quality," said Matthias Mueller, chairman of the Porsche AG board of management. "The decision in favor of this location is proof of our trust in the skills and qualifications of our Leipzig associates, and at the same time another contribution to the economic advancement of the region."
The so-called "baby Cayenne" will share technology with the Audi Q5 and is reportedly going into production in early 2013, presumably for the 2014 model year. Two- and four-door variants are supposedly in the works, and a Turbo model is expected as well when the Cajun eventually hits the streets.
Leipzig won't be the only Porsche site to benefit from the new Cajun. Weissach and Porsche home-base in Zuffenhausen will add new positions too.