The city of Atlanta surprised a visiting delegation from the German state of Saxony, on Friday, March 2, by officially proclaiming the beautiful winter day, “Porsche Day.”

Peter Schwarzen-bauer, president of Porsche Cars North America Inc., accepted the proclamation at Centennial Olympic Park and announced that the 2008 Porsche Cayenne SUV would go on sale Saturday, March 3, at Porsche dealerships throughout the country.

“This is our top model,” he added while standing in front of the strategically located vehicle. “It has 500 horsepower and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds.”

The Cayennes are built at a Porsche plant in Leipzig, the largest city in the federal state of Saxony. Porsche Cars North America and its subsidiary, Porsche Cars Canada Ltd., are the exclusive importers of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles for the United States and Canada.

Claire McLeveighn, the director of external affairs and international relations for the city of Atlanta, presented the proclamation and said that she was particularly honored because of her appreciation as a musician for J.S. Bach, who lived in Leipzig from 1723-1750.

The visitors included Uwe Albrecht, Leipzig’s mayor for economics and labor, and Markus Loetzch, president and CEO of the Saxony Economic Development Corp., who gave an overview of Saxony’s economy at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce before the ceremony outside.

The metro chamber has selected Germany as one of the country’s with which to explore more economic development opportunities.

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