Porsche is about to get smaller and bigger, simultaneously. The automaker is bringing on more than 1000 new permanent workers at its Leipzig plant to prepare for production of the Macan, the new sub-Cayenne crossover.
Porsche is also hiring 400 engineers in Saxony and says that, overall, the automaker has already received 16,500 applications. The Macan plant jobs are “future-proof,” Porsche claims, and we would agree. About $650 million has been invested to convert the location into a full plant and Porsche hopes the first customer vehicle will roll off the assembly line by the end of the year.
The staff at Leipzig numbers about 1150 people currently, and will continue to grow through 2014, with jobs including operators, staff for ultrasonic testing, sheetmetal forming positions, and more.
The Porsche Macan in the U.S. will once again allow the automaker to offer an SUV under $50,000 (after the destination charge). Sharing mechanical bits with the Audi Q5, don’t be surprised to see a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 and hybrid among the powertrain choices, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 is a possibility for some markets.
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