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MADE IN GERMANY: Porsche's Cayenne production plant in Leipzig

Since Ferdinand Porsche began making automobiles in 1948, the company has built its brand on sleek, high-performance sports cars that appeal to high-earning males with a taste for luxury and a need for speed. So in 1998 when the company announced it was building a sport-utility vehicle later dubbed the Cayenne, fans and critics alike were stunned. How could a company known for its two-seaters make the transition to a big, family-friendly car? But Porsche downshifted smoothly into the SUV market, with the Cayenne winning praise for its sporty off-road performance. Now every second Porsche sold in the world is a...

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