FRANKFURT -- Porsche's new 911 sports car is a sales success, causing the automaker to reallocate production of its 718 Cayman coupe.
Porsche will move production of the Cayman from its home plant in Stuttgart, Germany, to parent Volkswagen Group's factory in Osnabrueck.
Porsche has revised upward its sales expectations
Higher than expected orders for the new 911 from dealers have led to Porsche lifting sales expectations for the car.
"We are currently planning on moving the bulk of Cayman production in the course of this year to Osnabrueck, possibly all of it, in order to meet the increased demand for the 911, said August Achleitner, Porsches head of its sports car lines, in an interview with Automotive News Europe.
Achleitner, who will retire at the end of this month, said Porsches distribution requirement plan for the 911 already has had to be updated twice to take account for the unexpected number of orders.
The shift will allow Porsche's sports car factory, constrained in size due to its location in Stuttgart's urban district of Zuffenhausen, can focus more on the 911. The shift in Cayman volumes will likely happen in August during the summer holidays.
Osnabrueck, the former Karmann factory acquired by VW Group in 2010, has often served as an extended site to ease production bottlenecks throughout the group.
Next year it is scheduled to build the VW T-Roc convertible with an expected output of roughly 20,000 cars a year.