Porsche To Produce Cajun At Leipzig Plant
While purists might not like the idea of a small SUV with the Porsche badge on the hood, or a large SUV and a sedan for that matter, but the German automaker isn’t paying any attention. The company found a winner with the Cayenne and despite it’s looks, the four-door Panamera is proving to be a hit as well. Now, Porsche is looking to continue their new success.
The new model, which is currently going by the name Porsche Cajun, will be produced alongside the Cayenne and the Panamera at the company’s Leipzig plant in Germany.
"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 Müller, chairman of the Porsche AG board of management. "The decision in favour 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."
This new decision will allow the company to hire an additional 1,000 workers at the plant, as well as at its headquarters in Stuttgart. The Leipzig plant will be expanded by 1.54 square-miles, which is scheduled to take place later this year.
Few details about the new Porsche Cajun has been revealed yet, with Porsche still referring to the vehicle as a “project designation”. The model will be introduced as a 2013 model and it will debut at the Geneva Motor Show next year.
Uwe Hück, chairman of the group works council, said: "We had tough but fair negotiations. The employees' representatives have always been convinced that it is worthwhile to make the 'Cajun' at our Saxony plant. At the end of the day, the high flexibility and productivity of our colleagues has convinced the management board and the supervisory board to produce the 'Cajun' in Leipzig. We are therefore very happy that the supervisory board authorized the board of management to plan the expansion of the Leipzig plant and turn it into a fully-fledged factory. The production of the Cajun is a very good sign for Leipzig. However, we cannot rest now but have to start talks about a further expansion of the Zuffenhausen plant in order to adapt our parent plant to future growth, too."