Just yesterday we reported that production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS had come to an end after almost seven years of sales and more than 170,000 cars built, so it comes as quite a shock that we report today that Porsche has already built its 25,000th Panamera--a much more expensive model and one that has been on sale for only 10 months.

The feat is made all the more impressive given the fact that the Porsche Panamera, originally launched in September 2009, came onto the market during one of the worst sales downturns in automotive history.

The 25,000th Panamera, a ruby-red example fitted with a 300 horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 engine, will be delivered to a customer in the U.S.

The Panamera is built alongside the Cayenne SUV at Porsche’s plant in Leipzig, Germany, and from next year onwards the four-door sports car should appeal to an even wider audience thanks to the introduction of the new Panamera S Hybrid gasoline-electric version.

[Porsche]