After over two years of construction and roughly 500 million euros ($684 million at current rates) invested, Porsche finally opened its Leipzig, Germany, factory expansion on February 11. The improvements to the plant are dedicated to building the Macan and include a new body shop, paint shop and assembly line that are advancing Porsche's goal to sell 50,000 Macan's per year. The company believes that the new model is going to push it to over 200,000 annual sales 3 years ahead of schedule, and the enlarged branch can support even more Macan production, if there is demand.
"We are totally convinced in the qualities of this location and that the Macan will be a marketing success," said Porsche Chairman Matthias Müller during the opening celebration. The company opened its Leipzig factory in 2002 to build the Cayenne and added Panamera production in 2009.

The Macan models are due to launch in the US this summer with prices starting at $49,900. Scroll down to learn all of the details about the Macan's Leipzig assembly plant.
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PORSCHE CELEBRATES INAUGURATION OF ITS EXPANDED LEIPZIG PLANT

Atlanta/Leipzig. The drastically expanded Porsche plant in Leipzig officially opened today. Taking roughly two years from start to finish, the facilities now include a body shop and an ultra-modern paint shop in addition to the final assembly to accommodate the production of the new Porsche Macan with a capacity of 50,000 plus annually. The plant, which was designed to meet stringent environmental criteria, has been assembling the Cayenne and Panamera models of Porsche for the past 10 years. Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG stated, "The fact that Porsche has invested half a billion Euro in the Leipzig plant in addition to the original 250 million Euro, thus creating 1,500 new jobs, makes one thing clear: We are totally convinced in the qualities of this location and that the Macan will be a marketing success."

Porsche's fifth model line, the new Macan S and Macan Turbo, will arrive at U.S. dealers this summer and will become true sports cars in the rapidly growing segment of compact SUVs. The Macan S is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 340 hp and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds. The 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 in the Macan Turbo produces 400 hp and makes the car sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds.


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      NG22
      • 10 Months Ago
      I do like the Macan. And BTW, in case anyone was wondering, so does Porsche aficionado Jerry Seinfeld, who said the Macan Turbo seems like a great and versatile car. But I get the feeling they build these for $15,000 a pop. I'd be less concerned about the MSRP if it was actually equipped at that price. But it's not. So on price, this will compete against a Range Rover Sport, not the Evoque (which caps out around $60K). It's clear as day to me that nice as this car is, it's no baby Porsche SUV. For all intents and purposes, this is the new Cayenne, and the latter will be going upmarket into Range Rover flagship territory. Porsche may be expanding, but they're also going upmarket. And if that is the case, they might as well build me an upscale, gorgeously designed Macan coupe as an SUV design halo.
      thedriveatfive
      • 10 Months Ago
      Macan turbo MSRP = $73295 with destination, and if you get premium package its $4660 more, leather is $1730 more. Macan MSRP = $50,895 with destination, Lether interior $3995, Premium package $2590 but necessitates parking assist for $1460. Its really more like $60K or $80K for the turbo. I see porsche becoming even more profitable. I guess its not a bad price if you consider what a 911 goes for. On the other hand I think I will stick with my SRT grand cherokee.
        thedriveatfive
        • 10 Months Ago
        @thedriveatfive
        Also for what its worth, I am a heck of a porsche fan, and even like the Macan turbo, just not more then certain competitors at its price point. Chuck it up to different strokes for different folks. Its kind of like do you get a nicely optioned 911, or a Z06. For me the Z06 wins but I cant fault anyone for a car as beautiful and nice as a 911.
      Willie
      • 10 Months Ago
      i think the mecan will sell well for the first year or so, but at $49,000 that puts it at a cayenne price range in a smaller package. i think the goal should of been low 40s for rwd base model and build it up from there. but hey im not one to bet against Porsche.
      dave and mary
      • 10 Months Ago
      A relative ordered a Macan several months ago after the ordering guide to dealers became available. He was just contacted by the dealer - several options and the upscale leather are not available yet. Not known when they will be either. FYI if you are planning an order.
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 10 Months Ago
      And why did Porsche sellout to VW again? With the Cayenne, Panamera, and Macon and a million versions of the same 911 chassis their business plan seems solid.
        thedriveatfive
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        They didnt really sell out to VW they tried to do a hostile takeover but ended up being the ones taken over in turn. Germany is not a great country to try hostile takeovers in. If they had been somewhere else and disclosed more public info on what they were trying to do to the shareholders, porsche would likely be the ones who came out on top. They are still one hell of a profitable and respectful car company.
        NG22
        • 10 Months Ago
        @johnnyhedwardsjr
        They incurred a tremendous amount of debt trying to take over Volkswagen. VW agreed to neutralize the debt if there was a merger. But there's no need to despair. Porsche may not be independent, but they frequently get their way in terms of VAG politics.
      jbm0866
      • 10 Months Ago
      911 purists will hate me for saying this, but I really like the Macan and could see myself owning one someday. And this coming from someone who thinks the Cayenne is pretty ugly, and not really an SUV/Crossover type person..
      AddLightness
      • 10 Months Ago
      I like their outfits lol. In all seriousness I would love to tour that new assembly line.
      gasolinepopsicle
      • 10 Months Ago
      Nice Volkswagen!
      chenhao80224
      • 10 Months Ago
      A well optioned Macan S is about $72-75k, but IMO it's still a bargain compare to a $60k fully loaded X3.
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