Since Porsche confirmed production of their new baby SUV called Cajun, there has been some speculations that it might be built under contract in Austria or Finland. But now it’s official that the Cajun will be a fully-fledged ‘Made In Germany’ product.
And the production site for the Porsche Cajun will be the Leipzig plant, which will expand and get new body assembly line and paint shop specially for the Cajun. The production of the new model also creates at least one thousand new jobs in in Leipzig, and additional new jobs at Porsche in Zuffenhausen and Weissach.
Since its inauguration in 2002, the highly modern Leipzig plant in Saxony, Germany, has been producing the Cayenne. After its first expansion, the four-seater Panamera Gran Turismo has been built there since 2009, which is produced in a model mix with the Cayenne. To date, Porsche has invested around 280 million euro in Leipzig.
As for the Cajun itself, the car will be a rival for the new Range Rover Evoque with the same sort of size and sporty appearance. It’s not confirmed yet, but it’s very likely for it to get a two-door version as well. It is ought to be sporty and agile and efficient, so you can already tell that in the options list you will find front-wheel-drive and hybrid powertrain.
Note: The picture above is just a Cayenne that we’ve rendered into a two-door version. Th Cajun does not exist yet.
“During the production of the Cayenne and the Panamera, our Leipzig plant has impressively proved that it can produce premium vehicles of highest quality,” said 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.”
Uwe Hück, chairman of the group works council, said: “We had tough but fair negotiations. The employees’ representatives have always been convinced that it is worthwhile to make the ‘Cajun’ at our Saxony plant. At the end of the day, the high flexibility and productivity of our colleagues has convinced the management board and the supervisory board to produce the ‘Cajun’ in Leipzig. We are therefore very happy that the supervisory board authorised the board of management to plan the expansion of the Leipzig plant and turn it into a fully-fledged factory. The production of the Cajun is a very good sign for Leipzig. However, we cannot rest now but have to start talks about a further expansion of the Zuffenhausen plant in order to adapt our parent plant to future growth, too.”
Burkhard Jung, mayor of the city of Leipzig, said: “The decision of the Porsche AG proves yet again that Leipzig with its professional city administration is an attractive, cosmopolitan city and, therefore, an international business site with a future.”