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Classics VW Osnabrück with location chance for e-convertible

09:45  01 december  2021
09:45  01 december  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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The first units of Volkswagen 's T-Roc Cabriolet began rolling down the line at the automaker's Osnabrück plant today. The graveyard of OEM droptop crossovers only has bodies, but they represent the only two attempts at the niche so far. The groundbreaking Nissan Murano CrossConvertible lasted three model years, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible just two. In August, VW Group board member in charge of VW brand marketing Jurgen Stackmann told Autocar, "The [sales] momentum for convertibles is over.

The history behind Osnabrück 's VW factory which brought us the Beetle Cabriolet and Karmann Ghia amongst other classic gems. The company was founded by Wilhelm Karmann way back in 1901 and specialised in niche convertibles mainly, such as the Beetle Cabriolet which was made at the factory from 1949 to 1980 and svelt Karmann Ghia, made from the mid-1950s until 1974. The wagon wheel logo that originally appeared on Karmann badges represents the Osnabrück coat of arms.

The more commonly lush location Osnabrück could have good prospects for an e-convertible, according to Volkswagen boss Herbert.

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The factory, which is currently produced above all the open version of the T-ROC, is very competent as a "niche-convertible location," said the board of directors in an internal conversation to which the workforce could submit questions. "The next possibility must of course be an electric convertible. There are considerations at Volkswagen, there are considerations at Audi. »

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Volkswagen Osnabrück is positioned in the Volkswagen Group as a competence center for convertible and small series production and as a full production site. [4] This means that the corresponding vehicles are produced entirely at the Osnabrück site, from the design drawing to final However, these competencies have only been used to a limited extent since production of the Golf Cabrio and XL1 were discontinued in 2016. Instead, if required, productions of the various brands of the VW Group are to be relocated to Osnabrück in the future (called “multi-brand competence”).

Volkswagen Osnabrück is positioned within the Volkswagen Group as a competence center for convertible and small series production and as a full production site. This means that the corresponding vehicles are produced entirely at the Osnabrück site, from the design drawing to final assembly. These competencies have only been used to a limited extent since production of the Golf Cabrio and XL1 were discontinued in 2016. Instead, if necessary, productions of the various brands of the VW Group are to be relocated to Osnabrück in the future (called “multi-brand competence”).

concrete was not in this point. On 9 December, the completion of the investment planning at VW is expected for the coming five years. The Group boss said to the employees, he is "sure that Osnabrück will apply for a production at our electrical convertible. I am very confident. " In the previous planning round, Niedersachsen's prime minister and VW supervisor Stephan also indicated, it could give in Osnabrück perspectives for e-mobility.

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First, VW drives up the production of vehicles with purely electric drives elsewhere. In Germany, this was mainly Zwickau. Step by step, for example, the Werke Emden or Hannover are converted. In March, the company had told a look at Osnabrück, from the summer to shift a part of the assembly of the steep gear variant of its limousine Arteon from Emden there - so that Emden is relieved for conversions for future production of E models. The work in Osnabrück was originally came to VW after the bankruptcy of the traditional company Karmann.

This was also commented on a possible opening of the new software division Cariad for cooperation partners from the supplier industry such as Continental or Bosch. The development of own IT and control systems for networked cars is a core project of the VW chief - while large suppliers continue to be able to remain strong in the business in the basic structures of the vehicle software. "We work on cooperation models with these suppliers," said this. An involvement of external partners to Cariad is currently not provided for, he explained. But she would be "in principle in the future also conceivable".

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