Porsche Ag., on Wednesday said the company plans to add a third shift to its Leipzig plant in Germany from January 2012 to meet the strong demand for the Cayenne and Panamera.
Since December 2002, the Cayenne has been built here. In August 2003, production began on a limited number of 1270 Porsche Carrera GTs. By May 2006, three of these super sports cars were being hand assembled each day.
From 2009 a fourth series, the four-door, four-seater, sports coupé Panamera, is made at the Leipzig plant.
Last time the automaker said it will invest €500 million on its Leipzig plant to build the upcoming Cajun, but the plant may not be able to handle the high demand for the little SUV, mostly from China, where Porsche expects to sell at least 25,000 to 50,000 units annually.
In November has delivered 109,709 units of the 911, Boxster/Cayman, Cayenne and Panamera model lines to its customers worldwide.
“In the current year, we have already set new customer delivery and order book records,” said Bernhard Maier, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing. “The results prove how highly attractive our brand is and the intense fascination our products enjoy. In the next few weeks, the new Porsche 911 Carrera will provide an additional impetus.”