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Porsche will hire more than 1000 new workers for its plant in Leipzig as it gears-up for production of the new Porsche Macan compact SUV.

The German automaker already has 1150 employees at the Leipzig factory meaning the company expects to nearly double its workforce over the next few months.

Dr Oliver Blume, member of the executive board of production and logistics of Porsche AG, is looking for people with a certain amount of passion and commitment, saying, “We have a new addition to our family – now we’re looking for qualified and highly motivated people in production for the realisation of our ambitious goals.”

“We want employees with petrol in their blood.”

Porsche is also investing around $650 million to upgrade the factory with its own paint shop and body assembly hall, making it the largest construction project in the brand’s history.

Chairman of the executive board of Porsche Leipzig, Siegfried Bulow, said, “The first test body was made a few days ago. In the summer we will commission the new paint shop, so the first customer car will roll off the assembly line at the end of the year. The schedule is a challenge, and the plant extension a truly mammoth task. Bit we are going all out for it.”

Porsche expects the all-new Macan to lift total sales from around 140,000 to over 200,000 units per annum.

Porsche Australia has already confirmed to CarAdvice that the Macan will be added to its current line-up in 2014.

  • Resident

    This has been one of the most successful range expansions I’ve seen displayed by any manufacturer in recent years. In the early 1990s who’d have thought Porsche would be making Cayenne, Macan, Boxster, Cayman and Panameras.

    • LowRezFez

      I have to agree.

  • Martin

    If the price isn’t too insane the Macan will be on my shopping list come 2014/2015

  • $29896495

    Quite a nice and different interpretation of a very bland subject.

  • chris_xxxx

    The Porsche Cayenne is ugly and its smaller family member is upholding the tradition. Give me a Range Rover Evoque anyday over this. And there’s talk of a sportier version coming with around 300bhp.

    • Daniel

      Some people (not me, but some people) think the Evoque is ugly. There is no point in pronouncing one thing ugly and another thing good looking because everyone has their own opinion. Besides, this will probably drive a lot better than the Evoque. 

      • Igomi Watabi

        They’re both ugly

        • Billy

          The Evoque is probably very nice to drive, but it looks like a high roller version of a Kia. I can’t believe how many of them are on the road already…

  • Doctor

    I wouldn’t call it ugly, but its not pretty either…

  • B.mused

    all those small SUVs are useless – the interior space is barely larger than a normal sedan … I still keep my Commodore wagon running on LPG … so much more useful …. and cheap …. leaves me plenty of money to run my 2nd car  … a mid-engined sportcar … which goes past those “sporty”  SUVs like a low level missile

    • TomC

      Yeah, I dont think Porsche really design cars for people that think like you though. 

  • Poison_Eagle

    Could be an interesting thing with the twin-turbo V6, when is it being released?