Boosting Production at Porsche
Although Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Group, it still operates its own factories in Stuttgart and Leipzig, and in the context of other OEMs, it is still something of a niche producer of products.
Consider this: According to Autodata, in 2013 Porsche North America had 42,324 deliveries. Compare that with Subaru of America, generally considered to be a small player in the U.S: 424,683. That’s right: Subaru moved ten times as much sheet metal.
Globally, Porsche delivered 162,145 vehicles.
That said: How many employees do you think Porsche has?
Engine assembly in Stuttgart
As of March 31, the company reported last week, there are 20,416, which is up 15% from 2013. Just within the first quarter, Porsche added 960 workers, with the predominant number going to the Leipzig plant, where they have launched production of the Macan.
Production in Leipzig
Matthias Müller, chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, is confident that the people at Porsche are going to be busy: “Overall, the sales of Porsche will rise once more in the 2014 fiscal year. The market launch of the Macan will give us an addition boost.”
Often when there are vehicles that have ceased production and are in the process of being completely moved out of the system there are sales numbers that look like this: Honda Insight: June 2016, 9; June 2015, 126; % change: 93.1% Sometimes there is a vehicle that has just gone into production and it catches the sales at just the right time so that there are numbers that look like this: Honda Ridgeline: June 2016, 2,472; June 2015, 7; % change: 33,856% OK.
What happens if that $2.29 a gallon goes up by a couple of bucks a year from now? How are the pickup, SUV and crossover sales going to be then?
To know that 3,000 cars have been delivered since October 2015 would undoubtedly result in a shrug: in 2017 Toyota delivered 387,081 Camrys, so that 3,000 is less than one percent, and this is in one year, not just over two.