VW Golf Cabrio to Return in 2011

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Currently VW has the Eos and New Beetle droptops in its lineup, but long before either of those models were born, VW had the small Golf Cabrio. It’s been a while since the last Golf Cabrio was produced, but it looks like it’s coming back next year.

Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG recently announced plans to bring back the Golf Cabrio during a visit to Osnabrück, formerly a Karmann assembly plant. VW plans to begin production next spring of the Golf Cabrio. The rebirth of the Golf Cabrio does not mean the Eos is dead. A restyled version of the Eos is expected to be unveiled at the LA Auto Show later this month.


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PRESS RELEASE:

Wolfsburg / Osnabrück, 29 October 2010 – David McAllister, Lower Saxony’s Minister President and Volkswagen Supervisory Board member, visited the Volkswagen site in Osnabrück on Friday. 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 spring 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 program.

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. I. The Osnabrück plant with its workforce of over 1,000 will commence production of the Golf Cabrio in spring 2011.