• Volkswagen Brand's first SUV Cabriolet

    • SUV cabriolet to be produced at Osnabrück from 2020

    • Volkswagen to invest €80 million in production

    • Cabriolet success story at Osnabrück is continued

    • New model safeguards capacity utilization and employment

    Green light for a new cabriolet based on the T-Roc: within the framework of the Volkswagen brand's major model offensive, launching its first convertible SUV. The new model is to be produced from the first half of 2020. At its meeting held on Monday, the Volkswagen Group Supervisory Board confirmed the investment of more than €80 million in the Osnabrück plant which is required for this purpose. With this decision, the brand will be continuing the cabriolet success story of the Osnabrück team and safeguarding employment at the plant.

    CEO of the Volkswagen brand Dr. Herbert Diess, advised, "Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand. The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range. I am especially pleased to note that we can count on the Osnabrück team's decades of experience with convertibles. The Osnabrück plant now has bright prospects for the future."

    SUVs are currently making a key contribution to the growth of the Volkswagen Group's core brand. With 720,000 Tiguan vehicles delivered, this car is among the 10 best-selling models in the world and the top three SUV's. By 2020, the brand intends to expand its SUV range throughout the world to 20 models. By then, about 40 percent of the vehicles sold by Volkswagen are to be SUV's. With the new cabriolet based on the T-Roc, Volkswagen will further reinforce its presence in the compact SUV segment, one of the fastest-growing segments in global automobile markets.

    The investment of more than €80 million in the production of the new cabriolet will allow the comprehensive modernization of production technology, assembly and logistics at the Osnabrück plant. Following the run-up phase, a production volume of up to 20,000 vehicles per year is planned.

    With the new cabriolet based on the T-Roc, Volkswagen is bringing this body style into the currently particularly strong growing SUV segment. This model continues Volkswagen's cabriolet tradition, which dates back almost 70 years. The original version of the T-Roc was successfully launched in European markets at the end of 2017. To date, more than 40,000 orders have been taken for the model.

    Originally, the Karmann of Osnabrück, which sadly went bankrupt in April 2009, was a long time partner of Volkswagen AG. Volkswagen AG revealed on 24th October 2009, that it had made an offer to acquire long-time partner Karmann. On 20th November 2009 Volkswagen said that it would buy Karmann's site at Osnabrück, to produce a new vehicle. Widely known cars produced by Karmann include the Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet (1949–1980) as well as the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. Between 1955 and 1974, a total of 443,482 Volkswagen Karmann Ghias were manufactured, placing their own sports car-style body on the chassis of the Volkswagen Beetle. Subsequently, Karmann assembled the Scirocco, Corrado, and Golf Cabriolet for Volkswagen, Audi A4 and Audi S4 Cabriolet, 2001 and Bentley Continental GTC convertible, 2006.

    Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH currently has about 2,300 employees. and since Volkswagen's acquisition of the former Karmann site Volkswagen Osnabrück has established itself in the Volkswagen Group as a competence centre for small series vehicles. In 2017, the plant assembled more than 76,000 units on three production lines. Currently, Volkswagen Osnabrück assembles the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman. In addition, the plant is responsible for part of the painting work needed for the ŠKODA Fabia. Since Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH was founded in 2011, more than 280,000 vehicles have rolled off the assembly lines.
    The Volkswagen plant in Osnabrück covers the entire automotive process chain from vehicle development through tooling to production. The plant has a total annual capacity of roughly 100,000 vehicles.

    This model is not yet available for sale and is therefore not subject to Directive 1999/94/EC.

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