VW Apprentices Promise to Turn This Body-in-White Golf GTi into Unique Concept

VW has announced it will present a special Golf GTI concept car about six weeks from now at the 34th GTI meeting in Austria (May 13-16). The car has been built by a team of 13 Volkswagen apprentices starting from a body-in-white VW Golf GTI.

The result of a training project used by the vocational training organization at Volkswagen to improve the knowledge and skills of its future specialists, the show car is a mystery for now.

The “Wörthersee GTI 2015” team consists of apprentices in five training areas: four vehicle interior fitters from Volkswagen and Group company Sitech Sitztechnik, two vehicle paint technicians, four automotive mechatronics technicians, one media designer and two budding process technicians specializing in plastics and rubber engineering.

The four women and nine men started working on the project last fall when they collected a body-in-white from the Golf body shell production unit. The 17 to 25-year-olds’ objective is to build a dream GTI.

“In many individual steps, our young trainees are creating a unique Golf GTI that will bear their signature both in its interior and on the outside,” says project manager Holger Schülke.

VW says work on the Wörthersee GTI project has made significant progress, with some steps such as the production of attachments or the manual painting of the vehicle being completed by the apprentices themselves.

“The apprentices have opted for an innovative color scheme that will call for considerable skill and precision,” Holger Schülke adds. However, at this stage, the young people don’t want to reveal any further details about the appearance of their car or technical features. What is certain though is the car features modifications of the running gear, engine, interior, seating and sound system.

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