After ending its deal with Valmet Automotive of Finland, Porsche moved production of its car to German and today, the sports car brand officially began producing the Boxster at Volkswagen Osnabruck GmbH.
“This step will assist Porsche’s main factory in Stuttgart in meeting the rising demand for its products,” Porsche said in a statement. “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 model to roll of the line in Osnabruck was a Guards red Boxster S with black soft top, destined for a customer in Lower Bavaria. On hand for the start of Boxster production in Osnabruck were Minister President of Lower Saxony David McAllister, Lord Mayor of Osnabrück 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 Muller.
“The Boxster production in Osnabrück is a clear sign of the rapid coalescence of Volkswagen and Porsche,” said Winterkorn. “Production in Osnabrück means creating synergies that will benefit customers, staff and location alike.”
On a side note, Automotive News reports that Porsche will reduce investment spending and cut costs next year to offset lower-than-expected car sales and maintain its high profitability in 2013.