By on June 5, 2013

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Germany has seen heavy floods, and it is beginning to impact car production. Porsche had to stop production of the Cayenne in its Leipzig plant. Not because the plant is under water: Bodies for the SUVs are made in Bratislava, Slovakia, however, they don’t reach Leipzig because the railroad tracks in the Czech Republic are under water.

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12 Comments on “Cayenne Production Rained Out...”

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    That is one of the issues of globalization.

    A local issue becomes a global one.

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    By boat then? German galvanized steel FTW!

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    bumpy ii

    Leipzig Airlift?

    But really, there’s only one rail line between Bratislava and Leipzig?

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    So, did VW stop production of Touaregs and Audi stop Q7s too? Those are also manufactured on the same line in Bratislava as the Cayenne.

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      I believe final assembly for Touaregs and Q7s occurs in Bratislava. The issue here appears to be with transport, not assembly. The Cayennes are shipped to Leipzig for final assembly.

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      Kyree S. Williams

      Is Bratislava where production of the Bentley and Lamborghini SUVs on that platform will be?

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        Unclear for Bentley whether final assembly will be in Bratislava or Crewe. One of the big concerns was whether the UK would still be an EU country.

        For the Lambo UrAnus, final assembly will be in Sant’Agata.

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          Kyree S. Williams

          In that case, I’m almost certain that production of the body will begin in Bratislava, but as one of the biggest Bentley fans out there, I’m strongly hoping for coachwork and final assembly to be done in Crewe. It all depends on how mass-market they want to make this thing (it has to be pricier and nicer than a Range Rover or Cayenne, obviously, but probably not as expensive as the other Bentley models). I just hope that some of that exquisite British craftsmanship will be spread to the new SUV and that it won’t just be a Bentley-by-name.

          But thus far, VW Group has done a pretty good job honoring its prestige brands’ unique heritage and values with the popular Continental and Cayenne models, so I’m sure I won’t be disappointed…

          I really don’t care so much for the Lamborghini SUV, but it will capitalize on the brand as long as the prices don’t become astronomical. I could really see it being sold at the same price-point as the Bentley SUV without either one of them cannibalizing the other’s sales since they would appeal to two different types of people.

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    My heart goes out to all the trophy wives who will have to wait an extra week or two for delivery of their new Cayenne, and hence will miss a spa appointment because it is just too much trauma to be seen in last year’s model.

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    Who would have thought that a few raindrops would result in Porsche having a more coherent lineup (albeit only temporarily)?

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    A tragic day for douchebags everywhere…

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