The most practical Porsche of them all is coming to life at the upgraded Leipzig plant.

Having made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in March, the first-ever Panamera Sport Turismo is now in production and en route to its rightful owners from all over the world. To get the Leipzig facility ready for the second-generation Panamera family, Porsche had to invest a massive €500 million ($582M) and part of the funds were directed towards building a brand new quality center.

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Besides assembling the Panameras, Porsche’s 400-ha factory is also responsible for putting together the Macan and Cayenne SUVs. Last year, a total of 158,432 of cars were produced at the factory in Leipzig where 4,055 people are currently employed. It has been operational since August 2002 and so far €1.3 billion ($1.5M) have been invested.

Here are some interesting facts about the facility:

  • 1.7 million parts are built each and every single day;
  • There are 948 robots in the body shop, paint shop, and in the assembly facility;
  • It boasts a 3.7-km race track and a 6-km off-road track;
  • 40,000 people visit the customer center annually;
  • The production area covers 345,345 square meters;
  • A wood chip burning system provides the paint shop with 80% CO2-neutral heat;
  • 75 aurochs, 1.5 million bees, and 27 wild horses live in the area.

Much like its name, the list of available versions of the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is quite long. We’ve counted six different models on the German configurator where no less than 17 variants are available if you take into consideration the regular Panamera hatchback as well.

Regardless of body style, the Turbo S E-Hybrid serves as the range topper and will lend its electrified 671-hp powertrain to the next-generation Cayenne slated to debut most likely in the months to come. It could also find its way inside the Audi S8 E-Tron expected to arrive in 2019 to replace the S8.

Source: Porsche

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo production start

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Production launch of the new Panamera Sport Turismo

Series production of the new Panamera Sport Turismo has started at the Porsche plant in Leipzig. The first customer vehicles successfully completed the production process in the body shop, paint shop and in assembly.

This process has been specially adapted to the new model. “This launch confirms Leipzig’s leading role in the production of highly complex model and technology variants. As the winner of the J.D. Power Award, the plant is known for its outstanding production quality worldwide and its optimal mix of workshop manufacturing and series production”, says Gerd Rupp, Chair of the Executive Board at Porsche Leipzig GmbH.

Porsche expanded the Leipzig site by putting a body shop for the new Panamera model range into operation last year as a completely new production facility. The EUR 500 million investment also included a brand new quality centre that provides crucial support during the start of production for new models. It also safeguards the stringent quality requirements of Porsche and manages the transition from the development stage to series production.

The Panamera Sport Turismo celebrated its world première at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. Based on the successful sports saloon, the new version once again makes a profound statement in the luxury segment with its unmistakeable design. At the same time, the Sport Turismo, with up to 404 kW/550 hp (Panamera 4 Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 7.9 – 7.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 180 – 178 g/km; Panamera 4S Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 8.3 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2emissions 189 – 187 g/km; Panamera 4S Diesel Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 178 – 176 g/km; Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 217 – 215 g/km; Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 2.5 l/100 km; electric power consumption 15.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions 56 g/km), is more versatile than any other model in its class. With a large tailgate, low loading edge, increased luggage compartment volume and a 4+1 seating concept, the new Panamera model offers the perfect combination of everyday usability and maximum flexibility.