• Nov 23rd 2009 at 9:32AM
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Volkswagen AG has announced it will be establishing a new manufacturing unit in Osnabrueck, located in VW's home state of Lower Saxony, Germany. Interestingly enough, VW will be purchasing the land, equipment, and machinery formerly owned by Karmann -- the coachbuilder and convertible roof specialists who manufactured the classic Beetle-based Karmann Ghia coupe (Karmann filed for bankruptcy protection in April, and has been struggling since).

Production of a new vehicle at the plant is slated to start in 2011. In the meantime, 200 people will be needed to open the plant next year, and VW is estimating more than 1,000 new jobs will be created by 2014. Volkswagen AG has not disclosed which model will be built at the plant, or any financial details.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I always wondered why VW didn't follow the New Beetle logic and make a "New Karman Ghia" two door convertible on the Golf platform.

      And for that matter, where was the "New (New) Thing"? Take a Golf, give it boxy styling, a toughened hose out interior, Yakima or Thule compatible roof rack, slightly raised suspension and 4WD and market it at twenty and thirty something weekend warriors.

        • 5 Years Ago
        @f0 - correct... which is why we'll see karmann produce the production blusport in a few years. Though in true VW/Audi/Porsche fashion I'm sure it'll be castrated with the 1.4L TSI lump to prevent it from stepping on the TT's toes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They can't use the Ghia name because Ford has it. A new model would just be called Karmann if they did it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are many possibilities regarding just what VW is planning to manufacture at the Karmann facility.

        Additionally, this should be a good thing for employment in Germany also. Some of the Opel labor can find work for VW-Karmann.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, that is true, sort of. The original Ghia was a more affordable sports car than what the TT is.
          Douglas Hamner
          • 1 Year Ago

          They were more affordable unless you bought the $3500 convertible...$32,000 in today's money.

      • 5 Years Ago
      A new Karmann will be cool, wonder if it will be rear engine or something like a TT.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is she even doing?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Planting silly in snow for the obvious KG ad...(while the butt freezes).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry, typo, Ghia
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't be an ass kicker if they put out an updated/modernized version of the Ghis based on the old body design?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now we know what Betty Draper did before she met Don: grinned lazily in vaguely abstract German car ads. They always she was a model or something.
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