The Volkswagen Supervisory Board has confirmed that a Cabriolet version of the brand’s T-Roc compact SUV will be a reality in the first half of 2020. The brand’s first SUV Cabriolet will be produced at Osnabrück plant in Germany.
VW is investing more than €80 million in Osnabrück for the project, towards modernization of production technology, assembly and logistics of the aforementioned plant. Following the run-up phase, a production volume of up to 20,000 vehicles per year is planned.
The company further added that the SUVs are currently making a key contribution to the growth of the Volkswagen Group’s core brand. With 720,000 Tiguan vehicles delivered, this car is among the 10 best-selling models in the world and the top three SUVs. 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 SUVs. With the new cabriolet based on the T-Roc, Volkswagen will further reinforce its presence in the compact SUV segment, one of the fastest-growing segments in global automobile markets.
The T-Roc was launched in Europe at the end of 2017. To date, the compact SUV has received more than 40,000 orders.
Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO, Volkswagen brand, said: “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. The Osnabrück plant now has bright prospects for the future.”