Porsche seems to be expanding its manufacturing operations outside Europe as a way to strengthen its business. In a report by The Edge, the premium German automaker is planning to set up vehicle assembly operations at the Sime Darby Motors’ Inokom plant in Kulim, Malaysia.
Sime Darby Motors also assembled cars for Hyundai, Mini, Mazda and BMW. The Mazda CX-5 and CX-8 we have here in the Philippines are assembled at the aforementioned Malaysian plant. For a short period of time, BMW Philippines also brought in a number of 520i units from Malaysia, which costs about a million less than the equivalent German-made 520i despite having more features.
Christian Weiss, Porsche’s deputy director of corporate communications and spokesperson for production and logistics said that “ASEAN is a promising region with great potential, and we continuously examine options for further growth in this market”.
All current Porsche models are made in Europe. The 911, 718 and Taycan are built in Zuffenhausen, Germany while the Panamera and Macan are built in Leipzig, Germany. Because Porsche is part of the Volkswagen Group, the Osnabrück, Germany plant also builds the 718 while the Bratislava, Slovakia plant builds the Cayenne.
If this news is proven to be true, it would be safe to assume that the Porsche Cayenne could experience a slight price reduction if they decide to ship these units to the Philippine market as well.