Porsche has marked the tenth anniversary of what was at the time a controversial expansion into the truck market. However, the Porsche factory opened in Leipzig during 2002 to build the Cayenne SUV has proved to be a successful investment that has since grown to produce another controversial – but just as profitable vehicle, the Panamera sedan.
All but the most die-hard ideologically driven Porsche fans cannot deny that with production doubled since the early days and employment tripled, this is a Saxon success story. By July 2012 the 500,000th Porsche ‘made in Leipzig’ will roll off the production line.
To mark the plant’s tenth anniversary, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra performed a concert for violin and orchestra by Dimitri Shostakovich as well as the Third Symphony by Johannes Brahms conducted by Riccardo Chailly.
“Ten years ago, nobody could have guessed at the success story of our Leipzig plant. Today, some 500 Cayennes and Panameras bound for more than 110 countries leave the production halls daily,” said Matthias Müller, CEO Porsche AG.
Leipzig is still expanding to produce at the end of 2013 a smaller SUV, the Macan. Employment will increase by another 1,000.