Porsche Panamera Production at Full Speed

Porsche Panamera is going to be a real market hit when it will go on sale on October 17. At least this is what Porche hopes given the fact that the Leipzig production facility is currently working at full capacity. As you probably know from our previous coverage on the Panamera, Porsche started the production of this model in April, with the first models to go on sale in Europe, while the American launch is scheduled for October.

The Panamera is produced alongside Cayenne, with the 600 workers expected to build approximately 20,000 Panemeras per year, according to a release by the German manufacturer.

"I know of no other factory anywhere in the world in which the principles of lean production have been as consistently implemented as here in Leipzig," said Michael Macht, Board member in charge of production and logistics.

The Leipzig plant is a really state-of-the-art facility, as Porsche invested no less than 150 million euros to create a new assembly hall, a logistics center, a pilot and analysis center, and a training facility. The engine for the two manufactured models are sourced from Porsche's engine plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, while partially-equipped Cayenne bodies come by rail straight from the company's Bratislava facility.

Additionally, the Panamera bodies are designed by Volkswagen's plant in Hanover. "In Leipzig the interior of the Panamera is first assembled on a singular line. Then, when both the Cayenne and Panamera have reached the same status in manufacturing, they are completed on one single line - a remarkable feat when you consider the countless individual options and configurations for each model," Porsche described the manufacturing process.
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