• Apr 8, 2009
The economy has caught up with Karmann, the independent German builder whose name was most famously applied to Volkswagen's '50s roadster, forcing it to file for insolvency. Most recently the company's 3,470 workers were assembling Audi A4 and Mercedes CLK convertibles. Over its 108-year history the brand has done work for a host of marques, building Porsche bodies, the Chrysler Crossfire, the roof system for the Pontiac G6 and Nissan Micra, and the European version of the AMC Javelin. Declining car sales, however, have kept Karmann from being able to fulfill its financial obligations to laid off workers.

[Source: Automotive News, sub req'd. | Photo: ArgentLA]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Very sad. I guess the only good thing is my 1974 Ghia may be worth more now. It sounds like they are going try to hang in there. Let's hope so.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dont know what took them so long to go under!!!!! Karmann has always made garbage from the guia rustty piece of junk to the G6 and Sebring, all thay make is junk, I am glad they are going under and no one should be proud of owning anything with the Karmann logo, Their Management, Employees, and Owners, never care about the product. let them go to hell.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      sad
      • 5 Years Ago
      As the owner of 2 Karmann Ghia's... this is sad news. They have always been supportive of the vintage VW scene... and recently implemented a convertible top restoration service for their older models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Parasite killed the host. Smart parasites don't do that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You forgot to mention all those 70's 80's Ford units. There were too many to count. And all of them were an embarassment!
        • 5 Years Ago
        But all Karmann built Escort-Cabriolets were ten times better than the Focus CC build by Pininfarina. Switching from Karmann to Pininfarina was one of the rare mistakes Ford EU made lately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry if it seems a bit off point,but wouldn't it be nice if VW brought back a successor to the Karman Ghia just as they did the Beetle?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes. And it should be the sporty little roadster the old ghia looked like but never really was.
        • 5 Years Ago
        VW could absorb them for the Karmann name. There was some vew "Ghia" type sketches around a few years ago. But Ford has the rights to the Ghia name