Demand for the new 911 has proven to be higher than expected for Porsche, to the point where the German manufacturer now has to reallocate the production of the 718 Cayman coupe in order to free up capacity for its main model.
Porsche, which has revised upward the new 911’s sales expectations, will move production of the Cayman from its factory in Stuttgart to VW Group’s plant in Osnabrueck.
“We are currently planning on moving the bulk of Cayman production in the course of this year to Osnabrueck, possibly all of it, in order to meet the increased demand for the 911” said August Achleitner, Porsche’s head of its sports car lines, to AutoNews.
Achleitner, who is set to retire before the end of the year, added that Porsche already had to revise the new 911’s distribution requirement plan twice in order to take account of the unexpected number of orders.
Moving the production of the Cayman outside Porsche’s main factory in Stuttgart will enable the facilities to focus more on the 911. The plant itself is constrained in size because it’s located in Stuttgart’s urban district of Zuffenhausen.
The Cayman’s production shift will most likely take place in August this year, during the summer holidays. The Osnabrueck factory, formerly owned by Karmann, has been used often as an extended site to ease production bottlenecks for all brands within the Group.