Check Out the Story Behind the Birthplace of the Porsche Cayenne
It’s been twenty years since the launch of the Porsche Cayenne, and this luxury mid-size crossover SUV has become one of the most famous Porsche models around the globe. If you’re considering getting yourself a shiny new Porsche Cayenne, then you ought to know a bit of its history, like where it’s manufactured and the story behind its birthplace, and that’s precisely what you’ll discover in this blog here from Porsche Colorado Springs.
Where is the Porsche Cayenne Assembled?
You wouldn’t be wrong if you thought that the Porsche Cayenne was made in Germany because the Cayenne was first rolled out from Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany. However, after the third model generation in 2017, the mid-size SUV is currently being produced in Bratislava in neighboring Slovakia. But there’s an interesting story behind the birthplace of the Porsche Cayenne.
The “Birthplace” of the Cayenne
About twenty years ago, on August 20, 2002, Porsche’s new Leipzig plant was officially opened, and that same day the first Cayenne rolled off the production line. But Volkswagen AG, Porsche’s cooperation partner back then, was working on the Touareg SUV, which was also based on the same platform as the first-generation Cayenne and was responsible for the joint manufacturing, had decided on a new plant in Bratislava, Slovakia. So, the Cayenne was supposed to be rolled off the same production line alongside its VW sibling in Slovakia.
However, Wendelin Wiedeking, Porsche’s CEO at the time, was particularly keen on the ‘Made in Germany’ seal of quality for the Cayenne. He commissioned corresponding studies, which showed that, especially in North America, a Cayenne manufactured in Germany could be a much bigger success than a Cayenne made in Slovakia. Hence, Porsche decided to go ahead with the Cayenne production at the Leipzig plant in Germany.
Porsche began the assembly of the Cayenne at its Leipzig plant with painted Cayenne bodies delivered from Bratislava and engines from Zuffenhausen. The ‘marriage’ or the joining of the chassis, transmission, engine, and body took place in Leipzig, as did the final production, which meant that the Cayenne was ‘Made in Germany’ from a legal point of view as well.
Till 2017, 738,503 Cayenne units had rolled out from the Leipzig factory. Now, the luxury Porsche SUV has been manufactured entirely in Bratislava. Nevertheless, the move has done nothing to slow Porsche Cayenne’s success. The Cayenne continues to be one of Porsche’s most successful models ever. With 19,029 examples delivered, the Cayenne was Porsche’s best-selling model in the first quarter of 2022, just ahead of the Macan.
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