It seems the next-generation Golf Cabrio won’t be the only Volkswagen Group product built in the former Karmann factory in Osnabrück, Germany. New reports suggest both the Porsche Boxster and Cayenne will also be produced in the plant within the next few years.
Karmann had a longstanding legacy as a convertible specialist and custom bodybuilder, but the company ultimately entered receivership in 2009. Volkswagen -- long tied to the company through projects like the original Beetle cabriolet and the legendary Karmann Ghia -- subsequently swooped in and purchased a number of assets, including the Osnabrück facility and the equipment within. VW has since sunk $390 million to retool the factory for the Golf Cabrio, which is expected to enter production in the second quarter of 2011.
Don’t, however, expect every single Boxster and Cayman built to hail from Osnabrück. Both models will continue to primarily be assembled at Porsche’s own factory in Zuffenhausen, leaving Osnabrück to build additional cars when market demand outstrips the factory’s capacity. This isn’t exactly a new tactic -- in fact, Porsche has relied on Finnish production firm Valmet to build Boxsters since 1997 and Caymans since 2005, although the company was looking to have the Austrian Magna Steyr company assume this duty at one point.
If all goes according to plan, the plant could begin building next-generation Boxster and Cayman models as early as 2012.