While Porsche is facing capacity problems with its production lines, the German firm will have to relocate the production of certain models. Thus, it is a factory of the Volkswagen group which will take charge of the production of some 911 and 718 Boxster.
The past two years have been difficult for automakers. After the Covid-19 pandemic, the semiconductor crisis and the resulting assembly line supply problems have taken their toll on the automotive industry. Despite strong demand, companies are struggling to get vehicles out of factories quickly. Consumer brands are not the only ones concerned: even Porsche is struggling to meet demand. As such, the brand has announced that it will relocate excess production of the 718 Boxster and Cayman to the Volkswagen Group plant in Osnabruck, Germany. « The multi-brand plant in Osnabruck has already been a proven partner of our Porsche production network in the past »said Albrecht Reimold of Porsche.
Production is expected to take place from the middle of next year, with Porsche stressing that the relocation will not affect employees at the Zuffenhausen plant. It all has to do with the high demand currently enjoyed by the Stuttgart manufacturer. Last year was Porsche’s best year in terms of sales. In 2021, the company delivered an impressive 70,025 vehicles, which represents an increase of 22% compared to the figures for the year 2020, bruised by the Covid. The automaker still has to get up from the 1,000 Felicity Ace Porsches sleeping at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the reasons why production lines are in trouble.
This isn’t the first time that Porsche has resorted to the « overflow production » tactic. “Our colleagues were responsible for the overflow production of the Cayenne and the 718 Cayman. We are happy to be able to draw on these many years of experience and deliver so many dreams with our sports cars, whatever the circumstances.”added Reimold.
In the meantime, the Zuffenhausen plant will operate at full capacity and build both the 911 and 718 models. The 718 will soon join the Taycan and future electric Macan as the company’s third electric model. The brand said the Cayman and Boxster lineups will be fully electrified by the middle of the decade. It may sound like heresy but, as Porsche points out, 40% of European sales came from plug-in hybrid or electric cars. Fortunately, the 911 will retain a combustion engine for a good few more years.