Porsche Cayenne, Panamera production halted by flooding [UPDATE]

2013 Porsche Panamera GTS - front three-quarter view, redIf you recently ordered a Porsche Cayenne or a Panamera, delivery may take a little longer than originally expected. Automotive News reports that production of both models has been temporarily halted at the Porsche assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany as the result of supply shortages caused by flooding in the nearby Czech Republic. The reason for the stoppage is that the body of the Cayenne – currently Porsche's best-selling model – is produced at a Volkswagen plant in the Czech city of Bratislava and shipped by train to Leipzig.

The report does not indicate why Panamera production has been stopped – that the five-door's body is made at a separate location in Hanover, Germany. However pre-assembly will continue on these models. At full capacity, the Leipzig plant can produce about 450 vehicles per day, and it isn't clear how long this weather-related stoppage will last.

UPDATE: Bloomberg reports that production has been restarted at the plant, albeit slowly. Cayenne production has gingerly begun after the flood stoppage, and Panamera "pre-assembly" is moving forward as well.

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