Porsche will build its new Cajun small SUV model at its plant in Leipzig.

The company’s supervisory board has authorised the board of management to finalise plans for the Saxony plant to become a fully-fledged production site for Cajun, including a body assembly line and paint shop.

The move will create 1,000 new jobs in Leipzig along with additional posts at Porsche in Zuffenhausen and Weissach. Construction work in readiness for the new model is scheduled to begin later this year.

Porsche chairman Matthias Müller said:  “During the production of the Cayenne and the Panamera, our Leipzig plant has impressively proved that it can produce premium vehicles of highest quality.  

Uwe Hück, chairman of the group works council, said he had always been convinced that Cajun production should go to the Saxony plant. He added: “The production of the Cajun is a very good sign for Leipzig. However, we cannot rest now but have to start talks about a further expansion of the Zuffenhausen plant in order to adapt our parent plant to future growth, too.”

Cajun will extend Porsche’s SUV offering with an entry level model below the Cayenne.