The German automaker has announced that it plans to add 1,800 jobs to its Osnabrück factory in 2011, and part of the reason for this is to assist in production of the upcoming Golf Cabrio. The Eos convertible will continue to be sold around the world, and we'll be seeing the refreshed version at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Production of the Golf Cabrio is expected to begin in the Spring, so we'd imagine that official information will be available within the coming months. For now, hit the jump to read Volkswagen's (translated) press release. Thanks for the drop-top tip, Roebear!
[Source: Volkswagen via VW Vortex]
Minister President McAllister pays first visit
1,800 jobs at Volkswagen Osnabrück by end of 2011
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.