A new Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance concept car built by apprentices will debut at the 2014 Wörthersee gathering in Austria at the end of May.
The new concept has been teased in a photograph with its 12 apprentice creators ahead of the car’s unveiling at the annual Volkswagen Group meet, and while the image gives little away in terms of what to expect from the car, it’s clear the concept has been designed to appeal to younger enthusiasts, as all of the apprentices are aged between 18 and 23.
The concept, based on the Golf GTI Performance hatchback, is said to have been developed “in line with their own ideas”, with employees focused on an array of disciplines chosen to share their ideas for the new show car. They include mechatronics technicians, vehicle paint specialists and interior fitters.
“The apprentices in the Wörthersee team can be proud of their car,” said Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, member of the board of management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in charge of development. “They have put good ideas into practice, applied new technologies and created a unique GTI that is really convincing with its attention to detail, its sound and its distinctive appearance.”
Professor Werner Neubauer is the member of the board of management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in charge of components, and he said the team of apprentices used the vast portfolio of parts from Volkswagen Group brands to its advantage.
“For the first Wörthersee GTI based on the current Golf model, they were able to choose from the best components available within the Group range. From the first conceptual sketch through to the final presentation, our budding car builders were able to experience for themselves the high quality demands of Volkswagen,” he said.
The 33rd Wörthersee will play host to a number of Volkswagen Group products, including another creation of apprentice employees, the Skoda CitiJet. The Seat Ibiza Cupster concept will also debut, alongside the wow-inducing Audi A3 Clubsport Quattro concept, which pumps out 386kW and 600Nm from its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo engine.