Porsche AG is planning to build a new €20 million ($27.3 million) facility at its Zuffenhausen, Germany, headquarters that will accommodate future engine production for the Panamera coupe, which will be launched in 2009.
The 2-level, 11,000-sq.-m (118,403 sq.-ft.) structure will be located at Porsche’s Plant 2 and will be connected by a bridge to the auto maker’s engine plant in Adesstrasse.
The 19.7-ft. (6-m) bridge will not interfere with public traffic, officials say, and will contribute to a reduction of up to 90 daily truck trips between the two buildings.
A series of conveyor belts and driverless transportation systems will be used to carry parts kits across the bridge to the new plant.
Porsche says a pilot production line will be installed on the lower floor of the new plant to build prototype engines, and that consignment sales of replacement parts for the upcoming engine will be housed at the facility, as well.
Construction is slated for completion in early 2008.