What will surely be an excellent small crossover SUV with an unfortunate name, the Porsche Macan, is already stirring up news before we even see it because it’s helping the Leipzig economy grow with more than 1,000 new jobs.
Porsche had more than 16,500 applicants for the 1,000 new full-time production line jobs that will be added for the Macan, and the company has upped its engineering force by 400. Porsche is being optimistic about Macan production, as it should be. The company’s first SUV, the Porsche Cayenne, has been its top seller since its mid-2000s inception, and the more affordable, smaller Macan should follow suit.
“The interest in a job with Porsche is enormous. We have received 16,500 applications already, even though the big search for staff starts officially only today. The facts speak their own language: attractive environment and a emotional product. Moreover, the jobs here are future-proof, because in Leipzig all signs point to growth,” Siegfried Bülow, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH, said in a speech.
The Leipzig plant where the Macan will be produced has received a 500 million euro investment ($653 million) in preparation for the new crossover. It will be based on the same platform as the Audi Q5, but it’s expected to have Porsche flavor with a line of more powerful engines available. Already, Porsche produces the Cayenne and Panamera at the plant, but it is undergoing a massive expansion in preparation for the Macan.
The Leipzig plant already employs 1,150 workers, and it’ll more than double when all of the new line workers and engineers show up for duty. Europe is in the middle of its own financial crisis, all but luxury automakers with worldwide appeal are suffering. Porsche is pushing forward to help provide jobs, build a new crossover, and expand its lineup with the Macan and the $845,000 Porsche 918 hybrid supercar. We expect to see the 2014 Macan debut at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.