Porsche has marked an important milestone at its Leipzig plant: The manufacturing facility has officially cranked out its 500,000th vehicle. Matthias Muller, Porsche president and CEO, gave a specially outfitted Cayenne to the city of Leipzig as a token of the company's appreciation for giving the manufacturer a home in the area. Porsche converted the luxury SUV into a fire department vehicle for the city, complete with an appropriate livery and light bar.

Porsche began manufacturing the Cayenne in Leipzig in 2002, but has steadily increased production capacity over the past ten years. Right now, the facility is producing more vehicles than it ever has, and the German manufacturer is already working to accommodate the new Macan line. The smaller SUV will begin rolling out of the factory doors by the end of 2013.

The automaker says it is investing more than $629.4 million in the Leipzig plant in order to ready the facility for the new model. That includes the addition of an all-new body-assembly line and paint shop as well as hiring 1,000 new employees. Check out the brief press release below.
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Leipzig plant builds 500,000th vehicle

Stuttgart/Leipzig. The 500,000th vehicle rolled off the production line in Porsche's plant in Saxony. The anniversary sports car is a white Cayenne with a V8 engine and was converted into a command vehicle for the Leipzig fire brigade with the assistance of Porsche's apprentices. In a ceremony today, Matthias Müller, the President and CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, handed over the car keys to the Lord Mayor of the City as a token of the affiliation with Porsche's Leipzig home. Because everything started with a Cayenne in 2002.

"Half a million vehicles in only ten years is a remarkable result for a luxury car manufacturer like Porsche. Behind the success is a strong workforce now numbering 1,005 employees at our production facility in Saxony. I am impressed by the high degree of technical expertise of our Leipzig colleagues. They send forth into the world the seal of quality 'Made in Germany' and with it a piece of Leipzig," said Müller in his speech to high-ranking guests.

In his speech, Leipzig's Lord Mayor Burkhard Jung emphasised the importance to the city's development of Porsche having set up shop there: "500,000 Porsches made in Leipzig is powerful evidence of Porsche's ability as a company to perform in the industrial location that is Leipzig. The world's most prestigious sports car manu-facturer has put its faith in this city and written a success story. I look forward to the new, even larger Porsche plant."

Leipzig is on course for growth: "Never have we produced as many cars as we do today, and we are expanding our production for an entirely new model line as well", Wolfgang Leimgruber, Member of the Executive Board Production and Logistics of Porsche AG, explained, indicating a start of production date for the Macan at the end of 2013. To that end, Porsche is developing the production facility into a fully-fledged plant with its own body assembly line and paint shop, investing more than 500 million euro and creating approximately 1,000 additional jobs in the medium term.

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