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by David Zalstein

Porsche will reduce production of its two-seater sports cars from January 2013 as dwindling demand across Europe pushes yet another marque towards a slow down of vehicle manufacturing.

Reuters reports production at Porsche’s Zuffenhausen factory, near Stuttgart, will be limited to a five-day workweek starting in January, with seven-hour shifts – instead of eight – also under consideration, according to unidentified company sources.

Posche 991 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Porsche began boosting production at the plant in September by running extra shifts on Saturdays in an effort to meet orders for the new 991-series Porsche 911.

According to the report, the plant currently produces around 170 vehicles per day.

While Porsche says it has so far delivered a total of 116,050 cars to customers worldwide – an increase of more than 15 per cent compared with the same time last year – 6897 of the 11,688 vehicles sold globally in October were SUVs, with the Porsche Cayenne being the German performance brand’s best seller.

Already this year PSA Peugeot Citroen has cut production of the all-new Peugeot 208 and Ford has announced plans to close three European plants by the end of 2014.