Porsche will ship the cars to China using the rail network
Porsche has traditionally relied on trains for its logistics in Europe. From April, the sports car manufacturer will also use rail transport for its transcontinental logistics.
This change means that some vehicles will travel to customers in China via the New Silk Road, up to three weeks faster than previously.
Currently, around 80,000 sports cars each year make their way by sea to Guangzhou, Shanghai or Tianjin, covering a distance of over 10,000 nautical miles (around 18,500 kilometres). Sea transportation from the factory to the Porsche Centres in China takes a good 50 days. From now on, 11% of factory-new sports cars will be exported via the new 20-day rail route shortens link along the Silk Road to south-west China.
Thanks to the Belt and Road Initiative the cars will cover the approximately 11,000 kilometers distance by the rail route that travels eastward from Germany through Poland, Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan, to the south-west Chinese metropolis of Chongqing. From there, the new vehicles will be delivered to regional dealers.