May 10, 2013

Volkswagen apprentices present Golf GTI Cabrio Austria at Worthersee

The Golf GTI Cabrio Austria with 333 ps (245 kw) is a twofold premiere - it is the first time Volkswagen apprentices have designed a cabriolet for the GTI Festival at the Worthersee Lake in Austria and it is the first ever collaboration between junior talents from
Wolfsburg and Osnabruck. Thirteen apprentices of four professions built a two-seater in red-white-red, the national colours of the host country. 

Automotive mechatronics technicians, vehicle interior fitters, technical model makers and paint technicians collaborated intensively for a year, from early sketches to a world premiere in Karnten, Austria. The four women and nine men from 17 to 23 years of age redesigned a standard Golf GTI Cabriolet to their optical and technical specifications. The 2.0-litre engine generates 333 ps/245 kw.

The apprentices realised their white-red colour concept with attention to detail on both the vehicle interior and exterior - they chose oryx white mother-of-pearl effect for the Cabriolet, with Flash Red stripes bordering the bonnet left and right, and on the vehicle's sides. The exterior mirrors are painted red, as are the brake callipers. The apprentices' customised features further individualised the vehicle interior, for example the black-red-white Recaro sports seats with red 'Austria' embroidering and red-white decorative trim, and white GTI lettering on the doors. The honeycomb mesh and air vent frames, the accented stitching on the leather steering wheel and the DSG gearbox's boot are also in red, as are the seat belts. Even the floor mats have red bordering.

"I've learned a lot about project work, and how important team work is," said the future automotive mechatronics technician Kevin Hoffmann when speaking about his time as a member of the Worthersee team. Together with his colleague Rene Eichenlaub, he swapped the Cabrio's rear seats for a sound system with eleven loud speakers with 2,250 watts output. The apprentices chosen for the team are among the best of their classes. Under the guidance of Project Manager Holger Schulke (Wolfsburg) and trainer Reinhard Bosse (Osnabruck), they planned the vehicle concept and created project plans. The young people selected diverse components from the Volkswagen Group's range and negotiated with suppliers. The apprentices presented milestones of their 'Worthersee Project' to members of the Board of Management and coordinated with experts in the company, for example with designers. As a finishing touch, they christened their dream GTI Cabrio 'Austria'.

Projects such as the Golf GTI Cabrio Austria allow Volkswagen to give its best apprentices an opportunity to extend their knowledge. The 'Austria' is the sixth 'Apprentices' GTI' to celebrate its world premiere in Reifnitz at the Worthersee Lake.


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