Say what you want about the Cayenne, but the numbers don’t lie! Today marks the 250,000th Cayenne produced in their Leipzig, Germany plant since its introduction in 2002. Porsche chose a white, 6 cylinder, DIESEL PORSCHE CAYENNE (yes, that’s right diesel) – that will be delivered to a customer in Austria – as the vehicle to mark the milestone. See the picture and full press release below:
Milestone vehicle from Leipzig is a fuel-efficient Cayenne Diesel
MISSISSAUGA – March 6, 2009 — Porsche AG today produced the 250,000th Cayenne at its Leipzig plant in Germany. The milestone vehicle is a white, 6-cylinder model with a diesel engine that will be delivered to a customer in Austria. The Cayenne, a sporty SUV, has been produced in Leipzig since 2002.
“The introduction of the Cayenne was an important strategic step for Porsche. The five-seater is not only a great addition to the range for our many long-term Porsche customers, but it also opens up to us an entirely new customer segment on international markets,” explained Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, Chairman of the Board of Porsche AG. The Cayenne uniquely combines sportiness with robustness and off-road capability.
Porsche sold 150,000 first-generation Cayennes worldwide. Since the launch of the second-generation Cayenne in February 2007, sales have increased further thanks to the vehicle’s improved fuel efficiency, higher performance, and improved handling. The sports car manufacturer has continued to expand production at Leipzig. In the 2007/08 fiscal year, Porsche sold 45,478 Cayennes.
Porsche Cayenne for Sale in 7 Different Models
Today the Cayenne series is available in seven different models: The entry-level model comes with a 3.6-liter, six-cylinder engine with 290 HP (213 kW). The diesel model, which Porsche will unveil for the first time between March 5 – 15, 2009 at the Geneva International Motor Show (Automobilesalon), has a three-liter cubic capacity engine with 240 HP (176 kW) and has a fuel consumption of, on average, only 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers [25 mpg]. The more powerful S version is driven by an 8-cylinder engine with 4.8 liters cubic capacity with 385 HP (283 kW) while the Cayenne Turbo achieves a 500 HP (368 kW) performance. The leading model of this product line, the Cayenne Turbo S has a twin turbocharger with a 550 HP (404 kW) engine. The particularly athletic GTS model offers, in addition to its 405 HP (298 kW) powered 4.8-liter engine, a specially developed sports suspension and an accentuated dynamic design. The seventh model is the Cayenne S Transsyberia for on-road and off-road driving. The road version of the robust Cayenne Transsyberia rally car is based on the Cayenne S, however with the increased improved-performance engine model from the Cayenne GTS.
The most recent survey results from US market research institute J.D. Power rate the Cayenne for its excellent manufacturing quality and high reliability. Last year the renowned company surveyed 81,500 new car buyers in the USA on their satisfaction with the vehicle. The result: Porsche achieved the best ratings. The Cayenne customers surveyed were impressed by all aspects of their athletic SUV. This also applies to owners of older models: In used car analyses trade magazines confirm the Cayenne’s “fantastically low defect rates.” Even with high kilometer readings and engine stress, there were practically no engine and transmission damages, axle problems or worn-out steering. The early Cayenne vehicles from 2002/2003 have already covered distances of more than 300,000 kilometers, often on dirt roads and uneven terrain.