VW Golf Cabrio for 2011
5th November, 2010
David McAllister, Lower Saxony’s Minister President and
Volkswagen Supervisory Board member, visited the Volkswagen site in Osnabrück last week. Prof. Dr. Martin
Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, updated McAllister on
preparations for the start of production of the Golf Cabrio in mid-2011.
“Over the decades, some of the most beautiful models in the automobile world have left the assembly line
in Osnabrück. We will be carrying on this tradition from 2011 with the new Golf Cabrio,” Winterkorn said
during the tour of the site. “The capacities and specialist skills available here are very valuable for
our Group. We will be creating a total of 1,800 jobs at Volkswagen Osnabrück by the end of 2011. Osnabrück will
therefore remain a high-performance automobile location in our Group alliance going forward.”
The management board of Volkswagen Osnabrück informed the guests about present activities at the site. Apart
from a tour of the Golf Cabrio body shop and assembly hall, the delegation also paid a visit to the training
workshop, where 75 apprentices are currently undertaking their vocational training. A guided tour of Osnabrück’s
collection of unique Group models rich in history and tradition rounded off the programme.
Lower Saxony’s Minister President David McAllister underscored the particular efforts of former Minister
President Christian Wulff to support Osnabrück as an automobile location. “Many people dreamt of the Beetle
Cabrio, the Karmann Ghia or the Scirocco. It is wonderful to see this tradition being continued now and to know
that automobile production in Osnabrück has a future. The new Golf Cabrio will be a great car. The extensive
expertise in cabriolet construction that is available here is being harnessed.”
Volkswagen Osnabrück was set up in early 2010 on the former site of the Karmann holding company. Just a few
days ago, Volkswagen Osnabrück announced it would be integrating the technical development and metal units of
the insolvent Wilhelm Karmann GmbH i.
The Osnabrück plant with its workforce of over 1,000 will commence production of the new Volkswagen Golf
Cabrio during the northern spring 2011.