From this fall VW will begin production of the Porsche Boxster at Volkswagen’s Osnabrueck plant in Germany.
In 2009 Volkswagen bought the factory from bankrupt assembler Wilhelm Karmann and in March 2011launched production of the new VW Golf Cabrio. The facility will be used by Porsche to handle overflow production from its main plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany. The plant can produce 100,000 vehicles annually.
German President Christian Wulff said: “I am very pleased we have been able to safeguard the future of Osnabrück as a car making location. Osnabrück has enormous potential. The strengths of the employees and their comprehensive enormous know-how, for example in building cabriolets, are a perfect fit for Volkswagen Osnabrück as part of the wider Volkswagen Group.”
Currently Osnabrück has 1,250 employees, but by the end of the year 1,800 people will work here. The Volkswagen plant in Osnabrück covers the entire automotive process chain from vehicle development through tooling to production.
Until last year, Finnish contract-assembler Valmet Automotive used to be Porsche’s partner for overflow production. It produced 227,890 Porsche Boxster and Cayman sports cars at the Uusikaupunki plant, Finland, between 1997 and 2011.