Monday 21 March 2011

Volkswagen starts production on Golf Cabriolet

Volkswagen has started production on the new Golf Cabriolet at the firm's new assembly plant in Osnabrück. The occasion was also welcomed by Germany's president, Christian Wulff.

President Wulff said: “I am very pleased we have been able to safeguard the future of Osnabrück as a car making location. Osnabrück has enormous potential. The strengths of the employees and their comprehensive enormous know-how, for example in building cabriolets, are a perfect fit for Volkswagen Osnabrück as part of the wider Volkswagen Group.”

“It is only just over a year since we got down to work,” Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said. “Since then, we have safeguarded many car making jobs and have also integrated the technical development and metal units. Above all, though, the team in Osnabrück has successfully managed the Golf Cabriolet start-up within the space of a year. The biggest compliment I can pay you today is that this car, your car, is a genuine Volkswagen! Osnabrück has made a masterful debut with the Golf Cabriolet!”

“As premier I am particularly delighted that Volkswagen now has six locations in Lower Saxony and produces in Osnabrück as well as in Wolfsburg, Hanover, Emden, Brunswick and Salzgitter. Osnabrück’s long car making tradition is being continued. Volkswagen Osnabrück will establish itself in the Group as a competence centre for small series vehicles,” Premier McAllister commented.

Deputy Chairman of the Group Works Council Wehlauer underscored: “The future of jobs at the Osnabrück automotive location came with the decision to finally put another Golf Cabriolet on the road. Many past joint projects unite us with the colleagues here. Together with the Volkswagen workforce in Osnabrück we are now shaping a piece of the automotive future with the Golf Cabriolet.”

The Volkswagen plant in Osnabrück covers the entire automotive process chain from vehicle development through tooling to production. Apart from the Golf Cabriolet, it's also planned to use the Osnabrück plant as an overflow facility for manufacturing the Porsche Boxster and Cayman going forward. The plant has a total annual capacity of roughly 100,000 vehicles.

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