Say what you will about the Porsche Cayenne – whether you think it's the best-handling SUV on the market or a storied automaker turning its back on its heritage – you can't argue that it hasn't been a huge success for the German automaker. In fact, Porsche has produced 100,000 examples of the Cayenne – and that's only counting the current model.

The milestone unit is set to be delivered to a customer in Brazil, one of the 124 markets in which the Cayenne is currently sold in five different versions. The milestone comes at an auspicious time for Porsche, which this year celebrates 10 years of production at Leipzig, where the Cayenne and Panamera are built. With the approaching introduction of the smaller Cajun line at Leipzig, the plant is expected to reach the 500,000 mark before the year is out.
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Anniversary year "10 years of Porsche's Leipzig plant" gets under way with production milestone
100,000th latest generation Cayenne rolls off production line

Stuttgart/Leipzig. The 100,000th second generation Cayenne was assembled in Leipzig today. At the same time, this production anniversary is the curtain raiser for an eventful anniversary year at Porsche's Saxony site. "Ten years ago the success story of Porsche Leipzig startet. What was a greenfield site, today ranks among the most modern car plants in the world. In addition to the Cayenne, Leipzig is also where Porsche produces the very successful Panamera luxury saloon, approximately 70,000 units of which have now rolled off the production line. That is why more than 93,800 vehicles left the Porsche plant in Leipzig in 2011, more than in any year before", says Wolfgang Leimgruber, Member of the Executive Board of Production and Logistics of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.

The 100,000th Cayenne is being made ready this very day for shipping to Brazil, where the SUV in "pure white" with a V8 engine will be handed over to its new owner. The Cayenne is being sold in more than 124 markets in currently five model variants spanning a power range from 180 kW (245 hp) to 368 kW (500 hp) and an average fuel consumption ranging from 7.2 to 11.5 litres per 100 kilometres. The second generation of the Cayenne has been produced in Leipzig since 2009 with the sports car manufacturer delivering over 360.00 units of the first generation to customers since 2002.

"Because of the consistently high demand for the Cayenne and Panamera we will be introducing a third production shift in Leipzig at the end of January. With the new production sequence, 500 vehicles on average will be produced each day," Leimgruber adds. The introduction of a three shift operation is only one of many challenges in the near future. Building work for a major expansion of the plant is currently underway. A paint shop and body assembly line for an entirely new model line that will start to come off the Leipzig production line from the end of 2013 onward are among the facilities being built on a 17 hectare site. Porsche is investing a total of 500 million euro in the production site in Saxony for assembly of the Cajun, creating more than 1,000 new jobs.

Siegfried Bülow, President and Chief Executive Officer, explains: "2012 will therefore be an eventful and exciting year in many respects. We are welcoming many new employees, holding topping-out ceremonies on the new site, celebrating the 500,000th Porsche "Made in Leipzig" and last but not least the tenth production anniversary."


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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like the Cayenne or not, you cannot deny it's been a huge cash cow for the company. That cash, which I will remind you, allows the development $$$ for the 911 and it's high end derivatives. The stuff all the true enthusiasts drool over............
        JW
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Agreed, cash cows allow them to have the money for development.
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        That's true. The X5/X3 are such cash cows for BMW. Well worth the price to pay.
      CharlieS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like how they're all clean cut, shaven, and not fat. We could learn a thing or two from them...
      CarCrazy24
      • 2 Years Ago
      Glad it exists so Porsche can fund it's other amazing projects...my cousin's 2012 Cayenne S is quite a beast as well, it's impressive!
      FeMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      But mommy, I don't wanna go to work today!!
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
        ken
        • 2 Years Ago
        Not as dumb as buying a Prius, which is neither fast nor save you any money or the environment.
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ken
          Big deal! Toyota Highlander is as fast as Cayenne.
      Zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      The workers in that picture are so young and thin. When they show pictures of American workers they're old and fat.
        ChrisTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Zoom
        In Porsche pictures you'll almost always see the trainees and maybe one supervisor and a couple of managers.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Acura MDX is more fun to drive than the Cayenne Yea the Cayenne has more power but handling wise and steering feel, thje MDX wins......... Porsche, I guess there is a substitute (in this segment) *personal opinion having driven both*
        flammablewater
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        The Porsche is actually based on a chassis that can go off-road; it's not a CUV. The MDX is just a car wearing an off road suit. Unfortunately, no Cayenne owner will ever take it off road
        ChrisTT
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        So in your opinion an Acura MDX handles better than a Cayenne? Guy, you're just out of your mind!
        wat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        I've driven both when cross shopping and ended up with an X5. Regardless, the MDX was the worst handling of the group, but that was probably due to the FWD. Ride quality/dampening was good though.
          snap_understeer_ftw
          • 2 Years Ago
          @wat
          yup, it was the FWD, try the SH-AWD it's a GIANT difference between the FWD and that AWD system, which I think is the best on the market (except Subaru's S-AWD)
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's an interesting thought: Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Mercedes M etc are all not very fast vehicles. If you look at their 0-60 times, they are in the same ballpark as a Highlander. That makes me wonder, why are people buying these. They are expensive, not very "luxurious" (BMW charges extra for leather seats) and not very "sporty".
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        @ and after you finish playing on the racetrack with the Cayenne , you can take your kids and go have some fun in the mud : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9q1BqxtjgyY&feature=related A friend of mine owns a construction firm , he traded his Audi allroad for a Cayenne , he needs something to travel fast between construction sites and then get dirty when he arrives at the site. All that in a luxury car, it's a complete package.
          4540flossy
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          Apart from being a tarted-up VW with a chintzy badge, it's still pig-ugly in spite of the recent facelift and unbelievably, unspeakably vulgar. Apart from that, as you say, it's the complete package.
          sparrk
          • 2 Years Ago
          @sparrk
          the car was made by Porsche in partnership with VW and the Cayenne is much more capable than the VW. The rest is just your opinion.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        @Muttons Porsche Cayeanne 0-60 = 7.8 Sec BMW X5 35d 0-60 = 8.3 Sec Toyota Highlander 0-60 = 8.0 sec Yes, I'll say it again BMW =/= luxury. Just having leather is not luxury, but that was just an example. I can point out 20 other things that BMW doesn't have that a luxury car should have. Those things are available as upgrades, but in my opinion they should be standard. If you don't agree with me, tell me what you think makes a car luxury. I mean, what's the difference between a Jetta and A4? I own an X5 and drive it everyday. That's why I know it's nothing special. I do not own a highlander, but I have driven it before (I sometimes get it as a loaner when my X5 is in shop for monthly repairs).
          Daniel Wright
          • 2 Years Ago
          @desinerd1
          I've driven both the highlander and the x5. I found the highlander is much more luxurious while the bmw is better to drive.
      peter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gang Bang.. you know what I mean.
        Herbie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @peter
        no, I don't know what you mean. But I do know a troll when I read a troll's comment...........
      Diz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jr. High must have let out early. Clueless as to why Porsche would use sub-teens as a photographic indication of the age and skill of its workers. Compared to what we'd see in a photo of Jefferson Ave. North, its not that unusual.
        Anders
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Diz
        These are teens, not preteens. They're apprentices in cooperating with their schools and businesses. It's a very successful system that goes back hundreds of years.
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like a toad.
      yesaninsider
      • 2 Years Ago
      See GM?? Get yourself some child labor and you can build SUVs like that too lol... Well if I were a German teen I'd much rather be enslaved at a Porsche factory rather than stuck in a German labor camp...too soon ;)
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