Porsche will build new Cajun in Leipzig

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Aerial shot of Porsche plant in Leipzig GmbH

Aerial shot of Porsche plant in Leipzig GmbH

We already know that Porsche is working on a fifth model series, a new compact SUV positioned below the Cayenne and its first to be designed under Volkswagen Group chief designer Walter de’ Silva’s watchful eye. Now we know where the model, which carries the working title of  ‘Cajun’, will be built: at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany.

Unlike the Cayenne, which is partially built at Volkswagen Group’s Bratislava plant in Slovakia, alongside the Volkswagen Touareg, the new Porsche Cajun will be fully built in Leipzig,  including all its bodywork, painting and interior fitting.
Subject to approval by the authorities, construction work at the 400 hectare (1.54 square miles) site is scheduled to begin in 2011
More than 1,000 jobs are expected to be created at the Leipzig plant, as well as additional opportunities at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen and Weissach facilities.

“During the production of the Cayenne and the Panamera, our Leipzig plant has impressively proved that it can produce premium vehicles of highest quality,” says Matthias Müller, chairman of the Porsche AG board of management. “The decision in favour of this location is proof of our trust in the skills and qualifications of our Leipzig associates, and at the same time another contribution to the economic advancement of the region.”

With the efficient and agile “Cajun”, Porsche extends its SUV segment which is in high demand all over the world. In addition to the new generation of the Cayenne which has clearly managed to strengthen its market position as one of the most successful sporty off-road vehicles in the premium segment, the light and easy-to-handle “Cajun” so typical of a Porsche will create further momentum. As an attractive entry-level modeI, it is expected to pave the way for new, even younger customers to enter the world of Porsche, in addition to the Boxster as the market leader among the two-seat mid-engine sports cars.

No other details about the Cajun were revealed, except that it will be light and easy-to-handle and that it will be an entry-level model for Porsche.

Porsche is thought to be working closely with Audi in developing the Cajun, which is believed to share a modified version of the Audi Q5 platform. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the new SUV, however, as its retail debut isn’t pegged for until 2014.

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