Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Osnabrueck to build the Porsche Boxster

Article by Anita Panait, on March 20, 2012

Volkswagen AG’s assembly plant in Osnabrueck, Germany, will commence volume production of the Porsche Boxster sports car this fall. Porsche will use the Osnabrueck site to manage the production overflow from its main factory in Zuffenhausen, Germany.  Porsche will commence pilot production at the plant this summer.

The production at the Osnabrueck site is expected to increase drastically after the Boxster’s official Job One was confirmed for the fall, although the company has yet to disclose the exact production start date and the expected volume to be produced.  The Osnabrueck plant has a total annual capacity of around 100,000 vehicles, the figure being limited by the paint shop.

Porsche is shifting production to the Osnabrueck site after the company terminated its overflow production agreement with Finnish contract-assembler Valmet Automotive. Valmet built 227,890 Porsche Boxster and Cayman sports cars at its Uusikaupunki, Finland plant between 1997 and 2011.

The Osnabrueck site used to be owned by bankrupt assembler Wilhelm Karmann, until VW acquired the factory in 2009. VW commenced producing VW Golf Cabrio in the plant in March 2011.

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