• May 14, 2009
Porsche Panamera assembly begins at Leipzig – Click above for a high-res image gallery

After years of anticipation and ramp-up, Porsche has finally begun production of the Panamera four-door model at its factory in Leipzig. But don't take our word for it, you can go and see for yourself as the German automaker has re-opened the factory to the public.

While preparing the German assembly plant, where the Cayenne is also built, for production of the Panamera, Porsche had shut down the location for eight months, during which some 22,000 square meters of capacity were added to accommodate the new assembly line. Now that the renovations are complete, visitors are once again welcome to tour the facility, free of charge, by booking online. So if you find yourself headed to Saxony, why not take a swing by? If not, you can check out the images in the gallery below and the press release after the jump.




[Source: Porsche]

PRESS RELEASE


Sports Car Manufacturer reopens the Leipzig Plant to Visitors

Experience the new Porsche Panamera up close and personal

Stuttgart/Leipzig. In the Leipzig plant of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, the production of the new Panamera has started. On April 19, it was presented to the global public in Shanghai for the first time. The car will be launched in September starting with some European markets. Porsche is manufacturing the four-door Gran Turismo together with the successful sporty Cayenne SUV on one product line. For this, the Leipzig plant has undergone a 22,000 square meter expansion over the course of two years. The state-of the-art production and logistics concept was also refined further during this time.

No plant tours were possible during the past eight months due to the construction. Effective immediately, visitors may again experience production up close and personal and have the chance to see the first Panamera vehicles roll off the assembly line in Saxony. The approximately two-hour tours are free of charge, they can also be booked in connection with pilot and co-pilot offers, where participants have the chance to experience the Porsche driving features with a sporty Cayenne SUV on the racetrack or on the off-road premises.

Further information, all key dates and the possibility to book online are provided around the clock under the internet address www.porsche-leipzig.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Panamera = the Hunchback of Leipzig!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've owned 3 Porsches in my life an 84 944, 2003 Boxster S, 2007 Boxster S. I take these cars to the track at least 4 times a year and drive them a total of 10,000 miles a year. Love and loved them all. The Panamerica is so unatractive to me that I wouldn't buy one if I was in the market.
      I believe that in that category of car it should be appealing to the eye along with being a mechanical tour de force. The Jag or Aston is the car for me in that category. The Merc, Bimmer and Audi are all great cars but don't ratchet it up on the style front for my taste.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The overalls are about the only thing stylish about these pictures. As for the car, it is a dud. How could Porsche spend all that money on the development and with those proportions somehow manage to get it soooo wrong. It looks like they had the designer of the Cayenne do this one too! I still prefer the Mercedes CLS as the world's first four-door coupe and still the best.

      Probably a great car to drive, but I wouldn't want one parked next to my 911. Sorry, but a Porsche should have the engine in the rear, that's just how it is. And, even though this one's got 4 doors, so did the Porsche engineered VW 411 and 412 over 30 years ago but kept the engine where it belonged for a Porsche.

      As far as I'm concerned, the Porsche Panamera and Cayenne belong on one production line in the same factory marked USELESS WASTE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the color red. I'm also an Alabama Crimson Tide fan, so you know what color my team is. Yse, I'm a carnivore, so I eat red meat (hint, hint John Neff). I like many things that are red(except things that are are aligned with the Communist Party). But the red overalls are where I draw the line. It's like you're just asking to be teased, or worse, to get beaten up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those big red overalls are pretty hot. Do they shop at the Oompa Loopma store or something?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oompah Loompah loompatti boot
        I build a Porshe and wear a jumpsuit
        Oompah Loompah loompatti pee
        If you’re a douche in this car you’ll be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the first thing that popped into my head - Oompa Loompas
        • 5 Years Ago
        isn't that what auto mechanics traditionally wore decades ago. my guess is that its about history
        • 5 Years Ago
        I looked it up after I mentioned it... white overalls, brown shirt, orange faces, green hair. So the colors are way off... but that was still what I thought of seeing these people.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Smegley: +100

        ROFLMAO
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate this car. Seriously. I really hate this car. I'm tired of the press this thing has got, ok I get it. Porsche wants to dilute their core business some more, and build yet another compromise that no one asked. Great. Enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why does Porsche hate me? What did I ever do to deserve this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL liam!

        Porsche only hates the true believers.

        That being said, I think this car will sell well and make VW, err I mean Porsche, some money.

        This despite the fact that, in pictures, this car is excruciatingly ugly and strays from the core (again).

        What's next? A Porsche tractor? Oh, wait. They already did that too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just fyi, Cayenne's chassis are made in VW's plant in Slovakia on the same line as Touareg's (WV are made there completely).
        • 5 Years Ago
        And the Panamera's body (including the paintjob) is being made at the VW Commercial Vehicle plant in Hannover. So while it may not be Porsche, it is at least german... ;)

        IIRC the Boxster and Cayman are not built by Porsche at all, but by Valmet in Finland until 2012, and by Magna in Austria after that. Though it has been said, that the Valmet Boxsters were of a better build quality, than the Porsche built 911s... ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like this car and find the styling refreshing. I'm also digging the uniforms worn by the workers and can't help but reflect on how astonished I've always been that American autoworkers seem to be able to wear anything they want at work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i find it hilarious there are no shots of the back. even on the porsche website. even the marketing folks know this car is hideous.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A plant producing pointless Porsches.
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