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Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo, 25,000 and counting

Porsche has built 25,000 Panamera Gran Turismo models in its Leipzig factory.

Porsche Leipzig employees built the 25,000th Panamera. They also build the 2011 Cayenne SUV.
Porsche Leipzig employees built the 25,000th Panamera. They build the 2011 Cayenne SUV in the same facility. Porsche

The 25,000th Panamera Gran Turismo just rolled out of the Porsche assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany, the company said in a statement.

The milestone-setting vehicle is a Ruby Red Panamera sporting a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine. It will be delivered to a customer in the USA, the company said.

"The benchmark performance of our Panamera V6 models wins over our customers worldwide," said Bernhard Maier, Porsche's Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing. "Even in the USA, a country with a preference for V8 engines, they impress with their efficiency and sportiness. The Panamera combines these aspects with the comfort and exclusivity of the luxury class."

The Leipzig plant employs about 640 employees. They have reached this milestone while also producing the 2011 Porsche Cayenne SUV, available now in North American Porsche dealerships.

Porsche began selling the Panamera in September, 2009. Next year the company will introduce a Panamera model featuring a hybrid drive system similar to what powers the 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid, which goes on sale this fall. Porsche also plans a series development of a plug-in hybrid supersports car the, 918 Spyder.