Now, I am sure that many of us will agree that we do not need another Porsche SUV, much less a Mini SUV, but the Cayenne is indeed a remarkable piece of machinery that many of us now enjoy, so who knows what we can expect from the Cajun, wait no, I meant Macan. Yes, Porsche AG will build the Porsche Mini SUV, formerly known as the Cajun, after-all. After years of on-again, off-again, Porsche confirmed that the Mini SUV will be built, only it will not be called the Cajun, but the Macan. So yes, the first Porsche Macan will be made at Leipzig factory– the factory where the best-selling Cayenne and the Panamera’s are born and where the Carrera GT supercar was assembled by hand)– and they will roll off the Leipzig assembly lines in 2013, which is getting a $655 million upgrade to add the Macan to the lineup. If you haven’t been to Leipzig Factory already, then we highly recommend it….all of 911Nation drivers have been there, but that’s another post altogether!! For more info on the Macan, including some spy shots taken during winter testing, then check out Road&Track’s article “2013 Porsche Macan – First Look”.
Official Press Release:
Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart’s new sports car in the SUV segment has been given the name Macan. The name Macan is derived from the Indonesian word for tiger and combines suppleness, power, fascination and dynamics — core characteristics of the new off-road car.
“The Macan combines all sports car characteristics with the benefits of a SUV and is a genuine Porsche”, said Bernhard Maier, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG. “The name of a new Porsche has to fit with the brand, sound good in very many languages and dialects and evoke positive associations.”
As the fifth Porsche model line, the Macan is a central plank of Strategy 2018, by which the sports car manufacturer wishes to expand its model portfolio. Porsche intends the Macan to emulate the success of the Cayenne. The SUV will start coming off the production lines in Leipzig in 2013. To that end, the site in this city in Saxony is being expanded into a fully-fledged production plant including body assembly line and paint shop with 500 million euro of investment one of the biggest building projects in Porsche’s corporate history. In the medium-term, the sports car manufacturer will be creating more than 1,000 new jobs here.
Word names at Porsche have a concrete connection with the corresponding model and its characteristics: the name Boxster describes the combination of boxer engine and roadster, Cayenne stands for sharpness, the Cayman is snappy and agile and a Panamera is more than a Gran Tourismo, capable also of winning the Carrera Panamericana long-distance race.
[Source: Porsche via Yasta.pr]
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Click image below for a High-Rez Photo of the Macan:
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