Many hardcore Porsche fans view the Cayenne SUV—which launched in 2002 as a 2003 model—and the more recent Panamera sedan as Frankenstein monsters fit only to be burned and the ground beneath them salted until not even bacteria could thrive there. But both “monsters” are alive and thriving thanks to consumer support and the all-mighty dollar, or whatever currency is being used.
According to Porsche, the Cayenne is currently sold in more than 124 markets around the world. Number 100,000, a pure white V-8 model, is currently being assembled at Leipzig to be later shipped to Brazil. Porsche has also assembled 70,000 Panamera sedans at the time of this post, and sees no drop in demand. (Sorry, Porsche fans.) Says Wolfgang Leimgruber, a member of the Porsche board of Production and Logistics: “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.”
Porsche also plans to build the smaller Cajun crossover at the Saxony location and has invested more than $645 million into the facility.