Porsche Cayenne production hits 500,000 milestone

Although it might seem like the 911 is Porsche’s most popular model, it’s the Cayenne SUV that actually attracts more consumers. The performance SUV has just surpassed its production milestone of 500,000 units.

Porsche Cayenne S Diesel 500,000th production

Production of the Cayenne started back in 2002 at the manufacturing facilities in Leipzig, Germany. From day one, around 70 units were built per day. The figure has since grown to around 350 per day. Dr. Oliver Blume, member of the executive board Production and Logistics of Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, said,

“In the past year alone, over 83,000 Cayenne vehicles for customers in more than 125 countries have rolled off the assembly line. A genuine success story of the Porsche plant in Saxony.”

In Australia, the Cayenne is by far the most popular model. So far this year, as of June 30th, the local arm has sold 538 examples. This is quite ahead of the Boxster (134), the iconic 911 (109), the Cayman (53), and the Panamera sports sedan (41).

With eight variants available, customers have a range to choose from, whether it’s outright performance with the 405kW Turbo S, or maximum efficiency with the 279kW S Hybrid or the 281kW S Diesel.

The 500,000th example that rolled off the production line in Germany was a white S Diesel, which features a 4.2-litre turbo-diesel V8 producing 281kW and 850Nm. It’s able to cover the 0-100km/h dash in 5.7 seconds, while offering an average economy of 8.3L/100km.

The lucky owner travelled from Austria to take part in a little ceremony to collect the vehicle.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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