In a recent interview with German magazine Focus, Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller said the firm is considering new production plants in North America and China to double annual global sales. The current plants in Zuffenhausen and Leipzig are too small to keep up with the increasing demand.
One of the upcoming models which is apparently going to be made in China in a Volkswagen factory where they also make the Audi Q5, is Porsche Cajun. It is a smaller, more efficient version of the Cayenne SUV, and is set to rival the new Range Rover Evoque. But that made in China might put some people off!
Mueller of course doesn’t think so and believes that as long as they can say the car is ‘engineered by Porsche’ they’re fine. Just like the Boxster, which has been made under license in Finland for a while. They have more plans for China in fact. Porsche is going to open a a customer center and test track in Shanghai near the F1 track, like their Silverstone center in England. They will also expand the dealers network form the current 35 to 85 and then to 100.
So what do you think of a Chinese Porsche? To be honest most people won’t even care. They just want a Porsche and they don’t give a hoot if it’s build in Iraq! But it might not go down well with some of the older Porsche fans. It just doesn’t sound right you know, Porsche made in China!
Autonews via WCF