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The making of Macan

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Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew is a former editor at Automobile Magazine and the creator of the digital-only Roadtrip Magazine. His automotive and travel writing has appeared in such magazines as Wired, Popular Science, The Robb Report and Caribbean Travel + Life. He lives in Los Angeles with his wonderful wife and four-year-old daughter.

 

(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

At Porsche’s factory in Leipzig, Germany, the robots are humming and the Macan is rolling down the line.

Production of the compact crossover commenced this week, upon completion of a $680m expansion to this gleaming factory, which already produces the Cayenne SUV. The Leipzig plant, whose workforce swelled by 1,500 with the opening of the Macan line, has a busy year ahead of it: Porsche plans to churn out some 50,000 Macans during 2014.

In the US, the Macan reaches dealers this summer. The Macan S features a twin-turbo 3-litre V6 engine producing 340 horsepower, with the Turbo model wringing 400hp from its twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6. Sometime after the gasoline-powered Macans launch, Porsche will introduce the European-market Macan S Diesel to the US, which  makes use of a 258hp 3-liter turbodiesel V6.

2015 Porsche Macan S. (Porsche Cars)

2015 Porsche Macan S. (Porsche Cars)