German factory will supplement production of the mid-engine roadster
Atlanta. Today, Porsche officially began producing its Boxster model at Volkswagen OsnabrÃ¼ck GmbH. This step will assist Porsche's main factory in Stuttgart in meeting the rising demand for its products. In Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, the new Porsche 911 and the new Boxster continue to be made in a mixed-model operation on a single production line.
The first vehicle to roll off the line was a Guards red Boxster S with black soft top, destined for a customer in Lower Bavaria. In attendance for the start of Boxster production in OsnabrÃ¼ck were Minister President of Lower Saxony David McAllister, Lord Mayor of OsnabrÃ¼ck Boris Pistorius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn as well as President and CEO of Porsche AG Matthias MÃ¼ller. "Taking on production of the Boxster here in OsnabrÃ¼ck shows that the site has established itself within the Volkswagen Group as a center of excellence for cabriolet and small series production. I am delighted that as of today rolling of our production line here in Lower Saxony will be Porsche vehicles that stand for premium quality 'Made in Germany' all around the world," emphasized Minister President McAllister.
Lord Mayor Pistorius appreciated the significance of the Porsche commission for the city. "The Boxster brings an important additional boost for business in OsnabrÃ¼ck, safeguards jobs and confirms the skills of the workforce in our city, where cars have been made for over 100 years."
Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG Prof. Dr. Winterkorn said at the production start: "The Boxster production in OsnabrÃ¼ck is a clear sign of the rapid coalescence of Volkswagen and Porsche. Production in OsnabrÃ¼ck means creating synergies that will benefit customers, staff and location alike."
Porsche President and CEO MÃ¼ller explained: "Due to the way things are in Stuttgart there is no easy way to expand our main factory. Over the next few years, we will be fully utilizing our own production capacity predominantly with the 911 model. We therefore looked for a partner for producing the Boxster. The decisive factor in our choice was the great expertise of the workforce at Volkswagen OsnabrÃ¼ck. Our sports cars are in very good hands there. After all, we all have the same concept of quality. OsnabrÃ¼ck will become a part of our success story."
This is not the first time that vehicles have been produced for Porsche in the Lower Saxony factory. For example, car bodies were made here for the 356 hardtop coupÃ© in the 1960s and for the Porsche 968 in the nineties. From 1969 to 1975, over 115,000 Porsche 914s were also fully assembled in OsnabrÃ¼ck. And while following the start of full production the new Boxster was initially made solely in Stuttgart, Volkswagen OsnabrÃ¼ck GmbH has been supplying the rear and side parts of the car from the outset.
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