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ATLANTA, GA, June, 2, 2009 - Porsche's production of its highly-anticipated Panamera four-door Gran Turismo is going full speed at the company's newest plant in Leipzig, Germany - a facility considered to be one of world's most modern automotive factories.

Final assembly of the new Panamera - which will go on sale in the United States on October 17 - started in April of this year with initial production going to European markets. The cars
are produced alongside the Cayenne sports utility vehicle using the most state-of-the-art production methods.

Originally built for the final assembly of the Cayenne only six years ago, Porsche has invested more than 150 million euros in the Leipzig facility for the Panamera, creating a new
assembly hall, a logistics center, a pilot and analysis center, and a training facility. In
conjunction with the new construction, Porsche implemented a new advanced logistics process and concept for the assembly method of the new Panamera. The new process
includes a strict adherence to a just-in-time procedure in which the scheduling of suppliers is coordinated in an exacting manner. Suppliers are able to deliver parts in time and at a very high frequency - in most cases just one hour prior to being used on the production line. This
means expensive and cumbersome storage areas are virtually eliminated.

"I know of no other factory anywhere in the world in which the principles of lean production have been as consistently implemented as here in Leipzig," said Michael Macht, Board member in charge of production and logistics.

Macht calls the production of the two vehicles, the Cayenne and Panamera, on one
production line a significant feat in automotive logistics. For example, the engines for both models are brought to Leipzig via truck from Porsche's sole engine plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. The partially equipped Cayenne bodies come by rail from Bratislava while the
painted Panamera bodies travel from the Volkswagen plant in Hanover. In Leipzig the interior
of the Panamera is first assembled on a singular line. Then, when both the Cayenne and Panamera have reached the same status in manufacturing, they are completed on one single
line - a remarkable feat when you consider the countless individual options and configurations for each model.

Porsche's Leipzig factory currently employs some 600 workers who are expected to build approximately 20,000 Panameras annually over the life cycle of Porsche's first four-door sports car.
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