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Porsche Won't Build the Cajun in China

A few weeks ago, it has emerged that Porsche might be looking into ways to produce the upcoming baby SUV called Cajun in China, while other models could be brought into local assembly facilities in the next few years. But that's not at all the case, Matthias Muller, Porsche's CEO, said in a statement for the First Financial Daily, thus bringing to an end voices who suggested that the Porsche - Audi tie-up would spawn a new entry-level SUV made in China.

Porsche will continue to focus on its German facilities, although Muller admitted that some other foreign plants could be considered in the future in an effort to deal with import restrictions. However, the Cajun won't be made in China, the Porsche official assured, thus keeping the name of the plant to manufacture the future SUV a secret.

And although Muller denied speculations, this doesn't mean at all that the situation is less ambiguous than it was before. Because the same Muller talked to German magazine Focus a few days ago and confirmed that assembly facilities in Zuffenhausen, near Stuttgart, and Leipzig, are not able to cope with the demand the company has predicted for the years to come.

“We will consider this year whether to start production in Asia or North America,”
he said to the German publication according to an Autoweek report.

Besides opening a production facility in China, Porsche is also reportedly looking into ways to open up a test track for its customers near the Shanghai F1 track, and expand its Chinese dealer network from the current 85 to approximately 100, sometime in the future.
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