Porsche To Produce In China After All?

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
porsche to produce in china after all

Porsche’s Wolfsburg-raised Porsche CEO Matthias Müller knows how to fan the flames. He’s not afraid of playing China against the U.S.A. A month ago, he dropped a hint to German media that Porsche could start production in China, or if that doesn’t work out, somewhere in “North America”. Chinese press went monkeyexcrement over the possibility of a Made in China Porsche. When they were all hot and bothered, tease Müller told China’s First Financial Daily that “Porsche currently has no such plans.” How do they put it so succinctly in China? “Aiya!”

Don’t cry for Porsche, China, Müller is at it again.

Yesterday, Müller told Automotive News [sub] that “Porsche is considering expanding production outside its home market of Germany in countries such as China and the United States as part of its growth plans.” Haven’t we heard that before? Also, Porsche would “expand with the help of Volkswagen Group.” That also sounds familiar. A month ago, Müller had intimated and subsequently denied that Porsche could build their upcoming Cajun sharing the same factory with its platform mate, the Audi Q5. This would mean FAW Changchun. There is no Q5 production in North America.

Former VW product planner Müller fell back into his old ways when he talked to AN: “VW Group plans to sell between 10 million and 11 million cars a year. Production capacities are at 7 million to 8 million. To meet required capacity, VW needs to build five to six new plants worldwide.” As far as Porsche is concerned, they “will, of course, be signaling our requirements in good time.”

According to Müller, China will probably become Porsche biggest global market soon. Last year, the United States was Porsche’s biggest single market, followed by Germany, then China. Guess where new Porsche manufacture makes more sense?

Meanwhile in Wolfsburg, former Porsche CEO and now VW production chief Michael Macht told Automobilwoche [sub] that the German plant of the Cajun will be Leipzig. Currently, this is where the final assembly of the Cayenne and Panamera takes place. Leipzig will be turned into a complete car plant. The Porsche Supervisory Board is supposed to approve the decision on March 15.

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  • CJinSD CJinSD on Feb 20, 2011

    Porsche's 'North American plant' will be the Fiat factory in Ontario Canada, where the new Porsche minivan will be built alongside its VW Routan platform mate. It will be a unique model though, easily distinguished from the Dodge Caravan by its '911' style head and tail lights.

  • Cole Cole on Feb 20, 2011

    I still like the old Cayenne better.

  • Jeffrey An all electric entry level vehicle is needed and as a second car I'm interested. Though I will wait for it to be manufactured in the states with US components eligible for the EV credit.
  • Bob65688581 Small by American standards, this car is just right for Europe, and probably China, although I don't really know, there. Upscale small cars don't exist in the US because Americans associate size and luxury, so it will have a tough time in the States... but again Europe is used to such cars. Audi has been making "small, upscale" since forever. As usual, Americans will miss an opportunity. I'll buy one, though!Contrary to your text, the EX30 has nothing whatsoever to do with the XC40 or C40, being built on a dedicated chassis.
  • Tassos Chinese owned Vollvo-Geely must have the best PR department of all automakers. A TINY maker with only 0.5-0.8% market share in the US, it is in the news every day.I have lost count how many different models Volvo has, and it is shocking how FEW of each miserable one it sells in the US market.Approximately, it sells as many units (TOTAL) as is the total number of loser models it offers.
  • ToolGuy Seems pretty reasonable to me. (Sorry)
  • Luke42 When I moved from Virginia to Illinois, the lack of vehicle safety inspections was a big deal to me. I thought it would be a big change.However, nobody drives around in an unsafe car when they have the money to get their car fixed and driving safely.Also, Virginia's inspection regimine only meant that a car was safe to drive one day a year.Having lived with and without automotive safety inspections, my confusion is that they don't really matter that much.What does matter is preventing poverty in your state, and Illinois' generally pro-union political climate does more for automotive safety (by ensuring fair wages for tradespeople) than ticketing poor people for not having enough money to maintain their cars.