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Top off! VW T-Roc SUV to go cabrio in 2020

  • SUV cabriolet to be assembled from 2020
  • Volkswagen to invest €80-million in production
  • Cabriolet success at Osnabrück is continued
VW T-ROC TO GO CABRIO: Image: VW / Newspress

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.

2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress
2017 VW T-ROC: The original. Image: VW / Newspress

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.

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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.

2017 VW T-ROC. Image: VW / Newspress
2017 VW T-ROC: This is the original model as launched at the end of 2017.  Now VW is going to take its top off. Image: VW / Newspress

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.

VW Osnabrück employs 2300 people and in 2017 assembled more than 76 000 vehicles on three production lines, among them the Tiguan and Porsche Cayman.

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