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.

Faster, lighter, and definitely more fuel-efficient, with a body design that surpasses any of its counterparts, the new model of the Porsche Boxster is gearing up to be the top car to represent Porsche Intelligent Performance.

By shedding off pounds, a longer wheelbase, and a broader track with bigger wheels—this car definitely pushes the Porsche’s dynamics even farther, even more than the acclaimed best in its category, not to mention its jaw-dropping electro-mechanical power steering.

To add to its already superb driving dynamics, Porsche introduces the Sport Chrono Package as an add-on for the Boxster, showcasing dynamic transmission mounts only seen today. Another brand new feature in this vehicle is the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with a differential lock at the mechanical rear axle.

The new Porsche takes pride of its superb performance made more impressive with a fuel-efficiency of up to 15 per cent. It is equipped with a very modern, direct fuel injection, 6-cylinder engines. Meanwhile, all classes function well with just 9 litres of fuel or less for every 100 kilometres. Moreover, the Boxster with PDK can even manage with only 8 litres or less.

You might also want to take note of the following vital info:

Porsche Boxster: 2.7-litre boxer engine with 265 hp (195 kW); rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission, optional seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); acceleration 0 - 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds, with PDK in 5.7 seconds (5.5 seconds with Sport Chrono Package); top speed 264 km/h, with PDK 262 km/h; fuel consumption (NEDC) 8.2 l/100 km, CO2 192 g/km; with PDK 7.7 l/100 km CO2 180 g/km.

Porsche Boxster S: 3.4-litre boxer engine with 315 hp (232 kW); rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual transmission, optional seven-speed Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK); acceleration 0 - 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds, with PDK in 5.0 seconds (4.8 seconds with Sport Chrono Package); top speed 279 km/h, with PDK 277 km/h; fuel consumption (NEDC) 8.8 l/100 km, CO2 206 g/km; with PDK 8.0 l/100 km CO2 188 g/km.

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