Porsche announced in Stuttgart this morning that its baby Cayenne sport utility model, dubbed Cajun, will be built in Leipzig in eastern Germany. About 1,000 jobs will be created at the Saxony plant that also builds the four-door Panamera. Leipzig currently employs 650 workers. An unspecified number of jobs at Porsche’s headquarters in Stuttgart and at its Weissach R&D center will also be created.
Thus the fifth model in the Porsche line is scheduled to appear at the renowned sport car maker that ironically now sells more sedans and trucks than 911 and Boxster models. Cajun will be the least expensive Porsche when it appears.
Construction work for the huge expansion at the 400 hectare (1.5 square miles) site is scheduled to begin in 2011 for another body assembly line and paint shop. Production is scheduled for 2013.
“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,” said Matthias Müller, chairman of the Porsche AG board of management.
Leipzig since opening in 2002 has been producing the Cayenne. After its first expansion, the Panamera four-seat sedan has been built there since 2009. Both are extremely successful models. Thus far, Porsche has invested around €280 million in Leipzig.