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The first new-generation Porsche to be built at Volkswagen’s Osnabruck plant in Germany has rolled off the production line, following the acquisition of the Stuttgart-based company by the ever-expanding Volkswagen Group in August.

Destined for a customer in Bavaria, the Guards Red Porsche Boxster S is part of a production expansion strategy that Porsche says will help meet rising demand for its sports cars. The company’s main factory in Stuttgart will continue to produce the new Porsche 911 and Boxster in a “mixed-model” operation on a single production line.

Volkswagen CEO Dr Martin Winterkorn said the start of Boxster production at Osnabruck was a clear sign of how quickly the two brands have formed a union.

“Production in Osnabruck means creating synergies that will benefit customers, staff and location alike,” Winterkorn said.

Porsche Boxster S - Rear

The inter-German relationship actually has a strong past with Volkswagen’s Osnabruck plant supplying parts for the Porsche Boxster since its foundation. It produced car bodies in the 1960s for the Porsche 356 hardtop coupe and for the Porsche 968 in the 1990s, as well as the full assembly of more than 115,000 Porsche 914s between 1969 and 1975.

The deal that saw Volkswagen buy the remaining 50.1 per cent stake in the performance car marque for almost 4.5 billion euros ($5.8 billion) was agreed on in July of this year.

In more positive news for Porsche, industry journal Automotive News Europe reports that a German regional court has dismissed two investor lawsuits against the company alleging market manipulation in regards to Volkswagen shares. While three further suits continue, with the involved parties seeking a combined total of 4.1 billion euros ($5.1 billion), Porsche has said it will fight the cases “with all rigor”.

  • Robin_Graves

    Hardly positive news for Porsche, there goes their reliability stats.

    • Yetiman

      LOL…..I’m waiting for Legnab to reply :)

    • Zaccy16

      it will not make a difference that it has changed to the VW plant because they are the same company and would have the same high quality german standards!

      • notatoy

        How funny is that. German standard is a joke.

        • Glenn59

          Funny you say tht.  Australian Car of the Year awards were dominated by German cars in many categories – they must be dong something right!

          • Jimjbob

             The awards are not for reliability, there is a big big difference.

          • Glenn59

            Well Porsche that is part of the Volkswagon group has topped some surveys that I have seen.  BMW often do well and even VW do well is some like the local Cannstar surveys.  German cars are very advanced.  Sure they may sometimes have some teething problems for a while when some ground breakng new technology is introduced but overall they are reliable and durable.

        • dustonearth

           so you reckon Japanese or Korean cars are better than the Germans?
          then i would love to hear your explanations or reasons why there are still many BMW, Audi and Mercs on Australian roads.

          Yet dont forget, Lambogini is owned by VW, Buggati is owned by VW, Bently is owned by VW, Skoda is owned by VW and Ducatti is owned by VW.
          The Europeans are then so doomed becoz they drive these cars every day.

    • Glenn59

      Robin, your responses to anything even remotely connected to Volkswagon are very predictable.  We already know your opinion on this point.  You should remember that Volkswagon come out near the top of most reliabilty surveys for European cars.  Why not pick on Renault, Peugeot or Opel – they all do much worse.  Even you beloved local Ford has been in the news this week with yet more problems with the Territory.  These problems can be added to the existing list of problems with balljoints and rusting tailgates amongst other issues.  All cars have some issues and reliablity is not the only issue.  If things were half as bad as you say for VW they would have gone broke from warranty claims by now.  A little balance please. 

      • trololololol

        At least renault puts its money where its mouth is and offers a 5 year warranty. You must be one of those VW drivers who has never had anything go wrong with their cars. I envy you my freind……

        • Glenn59

          Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of Renaultsport vehicles and have owned Renaults in the past.  Nonetheless, go searching reliablity surveys and Renault nearly always appears at the bottom of the list.  This would not worry me, I have seen enough evidence to know that almost any modern car only has a small chance of a significant issue but if you knock VW for reliablity you certainly should knock Renault.       

    • trololololol

      ha ha was thinking the same thing!

      • Glenn59

        Judging by your ID this is you endorsing your own comments! 

  • Basil Exposition

    Great, now the Porche logo will rub off the key fob. So what will the brand catch phrase be? Das Auto (well its really a dual clutch manual)

  • Wile E Coyote

    Gee Osnabruck has changed. 

    • Wile E Coyote

      Including turning into a seaside resort!