GERMANY: Porsche builds 200,000th Boxster

By just-auto.com editorial team | 22 November 2006

Porsche has built its 200,000th Boxster at production partner Valmet Automotive in Uusikaupunki, Finland.

The milestone vehicle, a meteor grey metallic Boxster S, is headed for a customer in the US.

Michael Macht, Porsche's executive vice president production and logistics, said: "Ten years ago, no one would have believed what a huge success this Porsche mid-range roadster has become. Thanks to our flexible production system, we can manufacture the Boxster model series at both our main plant in Zuffenhausen and at Valmet."

At the roadster's launch in 1996, Porsche assumed an annual production of 15,000 units. In the past fiscal year 2005/06, total sales of this model series, since extended to include the mid-range Cayman coupé, amounted to 27,906.

The largest market is North America, which takes around 40% of production, followed by Germany with around 20%.

For the 2007 model year which began on 1 August, both Boxster models were upgraded with more powerful engines.