Volkswagen today confirmed that it is all set to produce its first convertible SUV from the first half of 2020 - the T-Roc Convertible.
The company also confirmed that more than 80 million Euros will be invested in the Osnabrück plant, which will allow the comprehensive modernization of production technology, assembly, and also logistics.
With this decision, the brand will be continuing the cabriolet success story of the Osnabrück team and safeguarding employment at the plant.
Following the run-up phase, a production volume of up to 20,000 vehicles per year is planned.
"Volkswagen is evolving into an SUV brand. The T-Roc is already setting new standards in the compact SUV segment. With the cabriolet based on the T-Roc, we will be adding a highly emotional model to the range. I am especially pleased to note that we can count on the Osnabrück team's decades of experience with convertibles,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen.
By 2020, the brand intends to expand its SUV range throughout the world to 20 models. By then, about 40 percent of the vehicles sold by Volkswagen are to be SUV's.
To date, more than 40,000 orders have been taken for the T-Roc since it was launched last year.
The Osnabrück plant on the other hand, currently has about 2,300 employees. In 2017, the plant assembled more than 76,000 units on three production lines.
Since Volkswagen Osnabrück GmbH was founded in 2011, more than 280,000 vehicles have rolled off the assembly lines.