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Regardless of what the purists think of it, Porsche found a winning business model with the Cayenne SUV. And based on that success, the German automaker is proceeding with plans to build its little brother at its Leipzig plant.

The new model, tentatively dubbed "Cajun," will be produced alongside the Cayenne and the Panamera. The decision by the company's supervisory board paves the way for over 1,000 new jobs to be created at the plant as well as at its headquarters in Stuttgart, with the addition of a 1.54 square-mile expansion of the Leipzig, Germany, plant to begin later this year. Details in the press blast after the jump.

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* Supervisory board decides on production site for new model
* Leipzig factory in Germany scheduled for a substantial expansion
* At least 1,000 new jobs to be created in Leipzig and Stuttgart

The decision about the production site for the newest model in the Porsche range has been taken.

The new vehicle with the project designation 'Cajun' will be manufactured at the Porsche factory in Leipzig, in the Saxony region of Germany. This was decided by the supervisory board. The monitoring body authorised the board of management to finalise plans for the plant to become a fully-fledged production site for the 'Cajun', including body assembly line and paint shop.

Within the context of the 'Cajun' production, at least one thousand new jobs are to be created in Leipzig, and additional new jobs at Porsche in Zuffenhausen and Weissach. Subject to approval by the authorities, construction work at the 400 hectare (1.54 square miles) site is scheduled to begin in 2011.

"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."

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 authorised 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."

Burkhard Jung, mayor of the city of Leipzig, said: "The decision of the Porsche AG proves yet again that Leipzig with its professional city administration is an attractive, cosmopolitan city and, therefore, an international business site with a future."

With the efficient and agile 'Cajun', Porsche extends its SUV segment which is in high demand all over the world. In addition to the new generation of the Cayenne which has clearly managed to strengthen its market position as one of the most successful sporting all-wheel drive vehicles in the premium segment, the lightweight and refined handling 'Cajun' - so typical of a Porsche - will create further momentum. As a desirable entry modeI, it is expected to pave the way for new, younger customers to enter the world of Porsche, in addition to the Boxster, the market leader among two-seat mid-engined sports cars.

Since its inauguration in 2002, the highly modern Leipzig plant in Saxony, Germany, has been producing the Cayenne. After its first expansion, the four-seater Panamera Gran Turismo has been built there since 2009, which is produced in a model mix with the Cayenne. To date, Porsche has invested around 280 million euro in Leipzig.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Will this "new" Cajun just be the Porsche version of the Volkswagen "Tiguan"? Just as the Ceyenne is the Touareg?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in the middle of Cajun country and I wouldnt mind seeing a bunch of these running around. Im sure a lot of wealthy Cajun (and not so Cajun) families will buy one of these for the novelty of it. They buy whatever is popular at the moment anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a great opportunity for Porsche to use its new 4 cylinder boxer engines.
      Cajun in Turbo 4 and normal 4. A Porsche engine in the new Cajun would make it a winner!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I welcome the news with big smile on my face!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they don't change the name to "cojon".
      • 4 Years Ago
      A Porsche wagon would be a lot cooler. Maybe they could be the ones to make wagons cool again in the USA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are there any details on engines for this SUV?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Can't wait. I don't want to and really can't afford to drop the amount of money on a Cayenne and as I have said here before my wifes Audi Q5 is nothing short of perfection. Also as mentioned before none of the crossovers or SUVs on the market really do anything for me and most of the fuel economy they get hardly is worth trading in my current truck. Currently the Audi is getting 22 MPG which is one of the best I have seen while shopping short of the Lexus which also does nothing for me.

      I only wish they would hurry it up, I really want to test drive this.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do know that 72% of the VW Touareg comes from the Cayenne? We love our Touareg. It is the best SUV we have ever owned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Like my wife I go with looks first and hope the personality matches. So far it's worked out but it's much easier to trade in a car you don't like :)
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