Volkswagen recently confirmed production of its latest generation Golf cabriolet will start at its “new” Osnabrück site in 2011.Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn made the announcement on a visit to the plant formerly owned by Karmann, which was bought by Volkswagen in 2009. “Over the decades, some of the most beautiful models in the automobile world have left the assembly line in Osnabrück. We will be carrying on this tradition from 2011 with the new Golf Cabrio,” Winterkorn said. Volkswagen said it would be creating 1800 jobs at Osnabrück by the end of 2011. Osnabrück-based Karmann filed for bankruptcy protection in April 2009, blaming the fallout from the global financial crisis and the sharp decline in demand for cars for its predicament.The coachbuilder was responsible for the classic VW Karmann Ghia two-seater from the 1950s to the 1970s and had also has built convertibles for Audi and Chrysler.Volkswagen SA has said there are no plans to bring the Golf Cabrio to South Africa.