Porsche Cayenne production start
Production of the second generation of the sporty SUV Cayenne has got off to a successful start in the Leipzig factory of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. Following the production of exact 150,371 units of the predecessor series in less than four years, series production of the new Cayenne model started in December. “The production start of the follow-up model has progressed to our full satisfaction,” confirmed Siegfried Bülow, factory manager at Porsche Leipzig GmbH. “The generations merged seamlessly.”
Porsche sold 34,134 vehicles of the all-terrain vehicle in the 2005/2006 financial year (to July 31). Despite the model change, Bülow is confident of matching the previous year’s sales in the current financial year: “Following sharp lifecycle-related falls in production in the last few months, we are very confident about the new vehicle generation. We will have raised Cayenne production back up to 180 units per day by the end of February.”
As with the first generation, the bodies of the new Cayenne model will be manufactured in the Volkswagen factory in Bratislava, while the majority of engines will be delivered from the Porsche parent factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Assembly and quality inspection is performed at the Leipzig factory. The manufacturing concept used to date has proven exceptionally successful and it has only been necessary to optimize a few cycles. Thus, for example, employees on the inspection line now benefit from newly developed axle measuring technology, which uses a light projector to generate three-dimensional scans of the surface of the wheels. This high-quality measuring process makes it possible to generate measurement results even more quickly, which are then used to implement an exact chassis set-up for the Cayenne.
The second-generation Cayenne model stands out thanks to newly developed fuel injection engines that deliver higher performance together with lower fuel consumption. Fuel savings of up to 15 percent are possible in on-road operation. In future, the basic version of the sporty SUV will be driven by a 290 bhp (213 kW) six-cylinder engine. With a V8 aspirated engine with an increased cubic capacity of 4.8 liters, the Cayenne S delivers 385 bhp (283 kW). The Cayenne Turbo’s eight-cylinder engine, which is powered by two exhaust turbo chargers, delivers an engine output of 500 bhp (368 kW). The new Cayenne will be at Porsche dealers from February 24, 2007.