Earlier we reported that Porsche would be slowing down production at its Stuttgart plant in Germany from December 22 through January 9 due to flagging sales, and now we can report that more production cuts are expected to take place. The automaker is now considering stopping production for a full non-consecutive seven days at its Zuffenhausen factory – where the 911 is built – during the Christmas holidays as well.

"We have to think about this if car sales continue to develop like this and do not recover again," an inside source revealed to Reuters.
Porsche’s other factory in Leipzig, where the Cayenne and soon the Panamera are built, should remain unaffected by the output cuts in Zuffenhausen and Stuttgart.

A Porsche spokesman said no decision was made yet for further production cuts, but if it became necessary management and labor could decide quickly on such a measure.

Similarly, Porsche's soon to be subsidiary, Volkswagen, is also very strongly considering slowing down production, joining a growing list of carmakers having to rationalize output to meet record low levels of consumer demand over the last few months.

Currently, VW is still in talks with union officials and worker representatives to shut down production for three weeks during the year-end holiday period, a move which would affect over 15,000 employees but one which may be necessary if the company is to avoid costly overproduction.