• Mar 6th 2009 at 6:57PM
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250,000th Porsche Cayenne built - Click above for high-res gallery

Say what you will about Porsche's brand-bending foray into the SUV world, but the Cayenne has been nothing short of a blockbuster sales success for the German automaker that's normally associated with lightweight, technologically-advanced sportscars. To drive that point home even further, Porsche has just announced that the 250,000th Cayenne has rolled down the assembly line at its plant in Leipzig, Germany. This vehicle happens to be destined for Austria, but Porsche is quick to point out that the SUV gives it access to markets like China, Russia, Latin America and the Middle East that would typically shy away from the brand's sportscar roots.

The specific Cayenne to hit the quarter-million mark happens to be powered by a six-cylinder diesel engine, another stark departure for the automaker that had once worshiped only at the high-rpm altar of petrol. My, how times have changed.

[Source: Porsche]


The 250,000th Cayenne to roll off the line is a fuel-efficient diesel vehicle

Leipzig. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has today produced the 250,000th Cayenne at its Leipzig plant. The milestone vehicle is a white, 6-cylinder model with a diesel engine that will be delivered to a customer in Austria. The Cayenne, an sporty SUV, has been produced in Leipzig since 2002. "The introduction of the Cayenne as the third model in the series was an important strategic step for Porsche. The five-seater is not only a great addition to the range for our many long-term Porsche customers, but it also opens up to us an entirely new customer segment on international markets," explains Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, Chairman of the Board of Porsche AG. Thanks to its typical Porsche genes, the easy-to-handle Cayenne uniquely combines sportiness with robustness and absolute off-road capability.

Porsche has sold 150,000 vehicles worldwide from its first generation. Since the market launch of the second generation in February 2007, Porsche has been able to increase sales even further thanks to the vehicle's fuel efficiency, higher drive performance, and improved drive-handling. For this reason the sports car manufacturer has also continued to expand production at the Leipzig location. In the 2007/08 fiscal year just expired Porsche was able to sell 45,478 units of the Cayenne series. Important Cayenne sales markets are, apart from Germany and the USA, the future markets of China, Russia, Latin America as well as the Middle East.

Today the Cayenne series is available in seven different models: The entry-level model comes with a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine with 290 HP (213 kW). The diesel model, which Porsche will unveil for the first time between March 5 - 15, 2009 at the Geneva International Motor Show (Automobilesalon), has a three-liter cubic capacity engine with 240 HP (176 kW) and has a fuel consumption of, on average, only 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers [25 mpg]. The more powerful S version is driven by an 8-cylinder engine with 4.8 liters cubic capacity with 385 HP (283 kW) while the Cayenne Turbo achieves a 500 HP (368 kW) performance. The leading model of this product line, the Cayenne Turbo S has a twin turbocharger with a 550 HP (404 kW) engine. The particularly athletic GTS model offers, in addition to its 405 HP (298 kW) powered 4.8-liter engine, a specially developed sports suspension and an accentuated dynamic design. The seventh model is the Cayenne S Transsyberia for on-road and off-road driving. The road version of the robust Cayenne Transsyberia rally car is based on the Cayenne S, however with the increased improved-performance engine model from the Cayenne GTS.

The most recent survey results from US market research institute J.D. Power rate the Cayenne for its excellent manufacturing quality and high reliability. Last year the renowned company surveyed 81,500 new car buyers in the USA on their satisfaction with the vehicle. The result: Porsche achieved the best ratings. The Cayenne customers surveyed were impressed by all aspects of their athletic SUV. This also applies to owners of older models: In used car analyses trade magazines confirm the Cayenne's "fantastically low defect rates." Even with high kilometer readings and engine stress, there were practically no engine and transmission damages, axle problems or worn-out steering. The early Cayenne vehicles from 2002/2003 have already covered distances of more than 300,000 kilometers, often on dirt roads and uneven terrain.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Number 249,000 must hate him....
        • 6 Years Ago
        Porsche didn't even bother to put some decent rims on that one. As for the colour, Well lets not even go down that route.
        • 6 Years Ago
        nah, I would say that 249,999 must hate him
      • 6 Years Ago
      the one pictured is especially ugly. When cayenne arrived it looked better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And it's still just as ugly as the first one.........
        • 6 Years Ago
        And somehow they even managed to squeeze some extra uglyness out of it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hell, I want one. Make mine a GTS... black, with the six speed manual & the Panorama sunroof.
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's only one reason that justifies this car's existence - make money for 911 and its siblings.

      Let's face it, it's relativelly cheap to make, after all, it's half VW and bits of it are made on the same line as Touaregs (VW plant in Bratislava, Slovakia), and you still pay premium price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know that the Cayenne program is a nice cash-cow but does it have to look that bad? Mazda is making money off the CX-7 and CX-9 to fund development of the next-gen sports cars (RX-7/9) but they look hot as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, give it up already.

      The Cayenne is a cash cow, and it keeps Porsche from being swallowed by another company, and lets them build better and better sports cars.

      It's a necessary evil. Now drive a Cayman/911/whatever and get over it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Swallowed up?

        Last I checked, they were trying to take over one of the largest auto conglomerates in the world, the Volkswagen group.

        Porsche is doing the swallowing.
        • 6 Years Ago

        That's my point!! It's because of highly profitable models like the Cayenne that they were able to stay independent when it hit the market.

      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as people hate it as a car, it still helps bring in money that makes the 911 cayman and Boxster so great. It also brings in money for development of the halo cars such as the Carrera gt. So keep the Cayennes coming!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Have any of you driven the Cayenne?

      They're an impressive vehicle to drive, sure the front end won't win any beauty contests, but it ain't that bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just out of curiosity, how many of you own a Cayenne and or, how many of you have actually driven a Cayenne?

      When the Cayenne was introduced I was as big a sceptic as anyone; my thoughs were "just another car company trying to profit from the SUV market".

      Well gang, one day a good friend of mine dragged me to the Porsche dealer as he put it, "I needed to regain my masculinity" (I won't disclose what I was driving at the time, but lets just say it had "Soccer Mom" written all over it.). He has a Boxster which I had driven and liked, but a Boxter or two seater was not going to work for me. Short story is I test drove the Cayenne. Guys, I've driven a lot of cars, done some recreational "performance driving" and have a sense of a good handling car. The Cayenne is unlike any vehicle you'll ever drive. To get the blend of "sports car" and unbelievable off road capability --and yes I have taken it off road; serious rock climbing, sandy trails, in the snow, in the mud-- I have yet been able to put the Cayenne is a situation it cannot handle. Its a mind trip to come in from the Nevada desert hills/mountains, hit the hiway and run up to 140mph (as fast as I've had it before I wimped out). Hell, then go give the thing a bath and pull into a 5 start hotel/restaurant with style? Gang, tell me --I beg you, please tell me-- of another car on this planet thats as versatile and capable of this vehicle??? Please tell me of 1 production vechicle which even comes close??? So all you critics, if you haven't --at the minimum-- driven one, you have no idea why there are 249,999 people who absolutely love them and in my case, I'm now an avid Porsche customer. Bring on the Panamera.....if they did HALF what they did with the Cayenne, its going to be an outstanding vehicle comparable to anything in its class, guaranteed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Without the Cayenne there would be no Carrera GT...
        • 6 Years Ago
        models like the cayenne, boxster/cayman made the CGT possible yes.
        but nowadays porsche makes 1.5 billion/year by selling cars BUT 7 billion a year on financial investments. they are swimming in money.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't care for it, but as long as they continue to make their sports car, and this just adds profit for them in this economy, more power to them.
        • 6 Years Ago

        I want every penny of the profit (from selling the Cayenne) to go towards making their sports cars even better!
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