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Volkswagen’s Eos has been enjoying it’s own little space in the Volkswagen’s lineup as the only topless model outside of the Beetle. However, those of you familiar with Volkswagen’s past lineups may remember that this was not always the case, because the Golf Cabrio used to reign supreme as Wolfsburg’s only drop-top offering, before the New Beetle and hard-topped Eos came along.
But during a visit to Osnabrück, formerly a Karmann assembly plant, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, announced plans to revive the old Golf Cabrio nameplate, and bring back the soft-topped car. Starting production in Spring of next year, Volkswagen plans on putting the 1000 workers it absorbed from Wilhelm Karmann GmbH to work, alongside 800 other new hires, and tapping into the expertise Karmann has at making roofless cars.
Volkswagen promises that this does not spell the demise of the Eos, and it remains fully committed to the hardtop, expecting to show a revised version at the L.A. Autoshow later this month. Pricing for the new Golf Cabrio hasn’t been released yet, but expect it to be cheaper than the Eos, which is in the higher end of the pricing for its segment.
Full Press Release Below:
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.