Porsche Readies for Electric Macan in Leipzig, Work on Factory Expansion Begins

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On Tuesday, German carmaker Porsche announced a new expansion project for the facility it operates in Leipzig, Germany, one that will see the creation of a new body shop to handle the next generation Macan.
As per the plans made public by Porsche, the new body shop will have a total area of 75,500 square meters and will begin operations at the start of the next decade. The construction of the facility and tooling it requires a EUR 600 million investment from the carmaker.

“The decision to manufacture the next generation of the Macan in Leipzig is a vote of confidence in the employees who work at the site,” said in a statement Gerd Rupp, Porsche Leipzig chairman

“The factory expansion also allows Porsche to actively shape the development of electromobility in the state of Saxony. Porsche will therefore remain a forward-thinking driver of economic growth in the region.”

Already confirmed to become a “fully electric series” once the new generation gets here, the Macan will be based on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture, one it will share with other high-end electric cars of the Volkswagen group, more precisely cars wearing the Audi logo.

Still under development, the PPE is a massive undertaking, with 550 Audi and 300 Porsche engineers working on the project.

At the moment, there’s no telling what the capabilities of the electric Macan will be, but by the time the SUV gets here sometime in 2021, Porsche would have learned a lesson or two from the Taycan, so we are to expect a very potent electric SUV.

The Macan is Porsche’s best selling model, trailed by the Cayenne. In 2018, the nameplate sold 86,031 units, well ahead of the 71,458 cars registered by the Cayenne.

It’s of course too early to say whether going full electric will help the Macan nameplate increase that number.
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