Porsche Boxster production commences at Volkswagen Osnabruck plant

Porsche Boxster is the first vehicle to roll off production lines at Volkswagen Osnabrück plant. A special inauguration ceremony was held at the production line to mark the commencement of production. Production of the Porsche Boxster in Osnabrück plant paves the way for both VW and Porsche to come together in a bid that will not only benefit the company but will also ensure growth of customers, employees and the plant itself.

Taking the decision to produce the Boxster from this plant is due to the fact that the company plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen was under pressure with increased production activities while at the same time the expertise and knowhow available here was something that would benefit the production of this highly acclaimed sports car.

Osnabrück plant goes back a long way to the time when a number of Porsche models were produced here.  These include the 914 which was produced during the period 1969 to 1976 or the 968 which rolled off production lines between 1991 and 1994.  This is also the plant from where Volkswagen has been producing their Golf Cabriolet.  The plant has capacity of 100,000 vehicles per annum and includes a body, paint and assembly shop and employs a total workforce of 1800 strong.

Image caption (above): Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Minister President of Lower Saxony David McAllister, President and CEO of Porsche AG Matthias Müller, Lord Mayor of Osnabrück Boris Pistorius, Ludger Teeken, CEO Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH

Below: Porsche President and CEO Matthias Müller (Driver) and Minister President of Lower Saxony David McAllister

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Plant established as competence centre for convertible and small series production

Wolfsburg / Osnabrück, September 19, 2012: The Volkswagen plant at Osnabrück started series production of the Porsche Boxster today. The official ceremony on the production line was attended by Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, David McAllister, Minister-President of Lower Saxony, and Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG. Volkswagen and Porsche completed the creation of an integrated automotive group together in August and are now able to intensify their cooperation significantly.

Together with Winterkorn and McAllister, Boris Pistorius, Mayor of Osnabrück, Hubert Waltl, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand with responsibility for Production and Logistics, and Wolfgang Leimgruber, Member of the Board of Management of Production and Logistics, Porsche AG, were present as the first Porsche Boxster rolled off the Osnabrück production line. The Indian red Boxster S with black roof went to a customer in Bavaria, Germany.

At the production line ceremony, Prof. Winterkorn said: ‘The production of the Porsche Boxster in Osnabrück is a clear sign that Volkswagen and Porsche are growing together fast. Production in Osnabrück creates synergy effects that will benefit customers, employees and the plant.’

‘The start of Boxster production in Osnabrück shows that the plant has established itself as a competence centre for convertible and small series production within the Volkswagen Group. I am very pleased that Porsches representing premium quality made in Germany are now rolling off the production line here in Lower Saxony,’ Minister-President McAllister underlined.

Porsche is producing the Boxster in a model mix with the Porsche 911 at its main plant in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Production at Osnabrück will relieve a bottleneck, as the capacity available at Porsche’s Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen plant is currently not adequate.

Matthias Müller explained the decision to produce the new Boxster at Osnabrück by mentioning the special competence of the Osnabrück team. ‘The key factor in this decision was the very good expertise of the workforce at Volkswagen Osnabrück. Our sports cars are in the best hands here. After all, we all have the same understanding of quality. Osnabrück will become part of our success story.’

Mayor Pistorius underlined the significance of the Porsche contract for the plant. ‘The Boxster will provide additional impetus for the economy in Osnabrück, will secure jobs and confirms the skills of employees in our city where automobiles have been produced for more than 100 years.’

Osnabrück can look back on a long tradition of convertible and small series production. The plant in Lower Saxony has already produced a number of Porsche models in the past, including the 914 (from 1969 to 1976) and the 968 (from 1991 to 1994). Since March 2011, Volkswagen has also produced the new Golf Cabriolet in Osnabrück. The total capacity of the plant is about 100,000 vehicles per year, including the body, paint and assembly shops. For the new Boxster, which was initially assembled only in Stuttgart, the Osnabrück plant supplied the rear end and side components right from the start. The headcount at Volkswagen’s Osnabrück plant is currently more than 1,800.