By Nat Shirley
Tuesday, Oct 18th, 2011 @ 2:42 pm
 
Porsche broke ground today on a $500 million Euro expansion of its factory site in Leipzig, Germany, that will prepare the facility to produce the upcoming Cajun crossover.

The enlargement of the Leipzig plant, which has produced the Cayenne SUV since its introduction in 2002, will create 1,000 new jobs and include a new, 17 hectare production site. The plant was also expanded in 2009 to produce the Panamera sedan.

Porsche stressed that quality will be a main focus when production of the small crossover commences. "We are trusting in tried-and-tested processes, thus ensuring that the first "śCajun' from Leipzig is of outstanding "śtypical Porsche' quality, setting standards in its class,"Ł said Siegfried B├╝low, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH.

The Cajun, whose moniker is a amalgam of "Cayenne junior," is set to begin production in late 2013. Just as the Cayenne shares many components with the Volkswagen Toureg, the Cajun will ride on the same platform as the Audi Q5.