According to sources familiar with the matter, all the production of the next generation of the four-door Panamera coupe could be relegated to Porsche’s plant in Leipzig.
If real, this move could threaten jobs at parent Volkswagen, as the company welds and paints the Panamera’s bodies at its factory in Hanover and then ships them for final assembly in the Leipzig facility, where Porsche also manufactures its best-selling Cayenne sport-utility vehicle. Some 800 of the 14,300 jobs at VW’s commercial-vehicle plant in Hanover are involved with the Panamera project.
With the new generation model expected to arrive on the market around 2016, the premium automaker is considering plans to fully locate all production of the Panamera’s second generation at the eastern German facility, two sources told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity because the matter is not official.
Porsche has so far invested around 500 million euros ($680 million) in Leipzig already, setting up a new body and paint shop to prepare the manufacturing facility for production of its new model, the Macan compact SUV, due to arrive in dealerships starting with the spring of 2014. Also, the company declared that no decision had been made yet on where the Panamera’s next generation would be built.