Porsche's SUV has been one of the German brand's best sellers ever since it launched at the Paris Motor Show in 2002.
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Porsche has built its one millionth Cayenne, just 18 years after the controversial SUV was launched.

An SUV may have once been unthinkable for the iconic sports-car specialist, however it has been crucial to the brand's survival – and financial stability to continue making high-performance cars.

The landmark vehicle (above) – a GTS variant in Carmine Red – was built on Volkswagen Group’s production line in Bratislava, Slovakia, before being delivered to a German customer.

The Cayenne was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 2002 and, despite mixed initial reception, is today recognised as the turning point in the then-financially-troubled manufacturer's pilgrimage to profitability.

Now in its third generation, the Cayenne is the second best-selling Porsche model in Australia, with only the smaller Macan SUV proving more popular.

Locally, the Cayenne is priced from $121,300 plus on-road costs, with the range-topping 4.0-litre Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe starting at $297,900 plus on-road costs.

Porsche's iconic 911 sports car – which first went into production in 1963 – took three times as long to reach the same historic milestone, with the one-millionth model delivered in late 2017.