Porsche also relocated the production of the Cayman in 2012 to the site in Lower Saxony, and in doing so secured more than jobs. The agile and fleet-footed sports car is still a best seller in the Stuttgart company's catalogue today. The raucous noise of the mid-mounted engine in particular is a blast from the past and reminiscent of the 914, the Volkswagen Porsche which was also manufactured at Karmann.
On 17 April 2014 Volkswagen went on to begin with the production of what was at the time a technical flagship project for the Group, the "one-litre-car" XL1. In contrast to the current production of the Porsche Cayman in Osnabrück or the Tiguan I, which is due to expire, the small series of the XL1 did not start in a hall the size of a football pitch. The space resembled much more the Bugatti studio in Molsheim.
Wilhelm Karmann would have given even this technology pioneer a fabric hat, some comment winkingly in Osnabrueck. Who knows. However he would have been proud that the "open-top" T-Roc, shortly to become the only cabriolet from the Volkswagen brand, will be built at his Osnabrück location.