In the automotive realm, anniversaries are marked not only by years of production but by the number of vehicles a particular plant has produced. To that end, Porsche is currently celebrating a milestone of substantial proportions. After a span of only ten years, the luxury automaker's Leipzig, Germany facility has reached production of its 500,000th model.
Which innovative new Porsche auto was the one to roll off the line? That would be a uniquely-outfitted, white Porsche Cayenne with a powerful V8 engine. As a token of gratitude for allowing the automaker to thrive within the Leipzig community, Porsche gave the milestone model to the Lord Mayor of the City.
As monumental as this event might be, it's only half the story. The automaker's 500,000th model marks a successful past for the German-based plant but also signifies the start of a promising future. Come 2013, Porsche will begin production of the brand-new Macan at its Leipzig facility and expand the physical location to include its own body assembly line and paint shop.
Wolfgang Leimgruber, Member of the Executive Board Production and Logistics of Porsche AG, proudly explains, "Never have we produced as many cars as we do today, and we are expanding our production for an entirely new model line as well."1 On top of new models, the expansion will add nearly 1,000 additional jobs.
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