- SUV cabriolet to be assembled from 2020
- Volkswagen to invest €80-million in production
- Cabriolet success at Osnabrück is continued
OSNABRUCK, Germany – It’s a green light for a new VW cabriolet based on the 2017 T-Roc! Yes, the Volkswagen brand is to launch its first convertible SUV with production starting from the first half of 2020.
The VW group’s supervisory board, at a meeting in the ancient Germany town, confirmed an investment of more than €80-million in the required plant to continue the cabriolet success story of the Osnabrück team and safeguard employment there.
Herbert Diess, CEO of the VW brand, said in a media communication: “We’re evolving into an SUV brand. The T-Roc is already setting standards in the compact SUV segment but with the T-Roc cabriolet we will add a highly emotional model.
”The Osnabrück plant now has bright prospects.”
VW believes its SUV’s are making a key contribution to the growth of the group’s core brand: 720 000 Tiguan units have been sold so is among the world’s 10 best-selling models and one of the top three SUV’s.
The brand intends to expand its SUV range to 20 by 2020 and points out that by then about 40% of VW sales will be of that style and that the T-Roc will reinforce the brand’s presence in the compact SUV segment.
The €80-million investment will enable a comprehensive modernisation of production technology, assembly and logistics at Osnabrück plant for production of as many as 20 000 vehicles a year.
The original T-Roc was launched in Europe at the end of 2017 and more than 40 000 orders have been taken.