Porsche is obviously serious about its Cajun compact crossover sport-utility vehicle production as the German carmaker recently broke ground for the construction of a second extension at its manufacturing facility in Leipzig, Germany. Cajun SUVs are expected to roll out of the plant by the end of 2013.
"We are investing another 500 million euro in the production facility to build the Cajun in Leipzig. This is not just a mark of confidence in the manufacturing skills of our Leipzig colleagues, but also an important contribution to the economic development of the region," said Porsche AG management board chairman Matthias Müller.
According to Porsche, more than 1,000 new jobs and a new 17-hectare production site will be created to handle the production of the Cajun and that the assembly plant will eventually become a full-fledged factory with a body assembly line and paint shop. The new plant will also set environmental standards and be one of the world's most efficient car factories, with very efficient air recirculation and power cut-off technologies in the paint shop ensuring particularly economical energy use.
Porsche's Leipzig site has been producing the Cayenne since it opened in 2002. After the construction of the first extension was finished, the Panamera has also been produced here since 2009 where it is assembled alongside the Cayenne on the mixed-model assembly line.
With the Cajun, Porsche is expanding its SUV segment that is in high demand around the globe. With typically Porsche characteristics, the carmaker hopes that the light and nimble Cajun will inject fresh momentum alongside the new-generation Cayenne and, alongside the Boxster, provide an attractive route for new, younger customers into the world of Porsche.