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On a 1985 vw cabriolet what does wolfsburg edition karmen stand for?

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08/23/2014

The 1985 VW Cabriolet Wolfsburg Special Edition manufactured at the Karmen factory in Germany. VW stopped production of the Golf Mk1 (or rabbit depending on the branding) in Pennsylvania in 1985. They produced the Golf Diesel at the beginning of the year (maybe even FI Golfs as well) but switched production to Germany as they were replacing the Mk1 with the Mk2. After 1985 the only Mk1s sold were the Cabriolets.

The WOlfsburg was essentially just a branding of the Mk1 Cabriolet that included leather seats, special dash designs and a coupel other bells and whistles but was essentially the same as other Mk1 Cabriolets.

The 1985 was the first year the US model of the Cabriolet was built in Germany and the first year it was called specifically "Cabriolet". The trim and other features, such as bumpers, were different than the 1986 versions which were redesigned.

The 85 Wolfsburg Cabriolet built at the Karmen plant is relatively rare and is becoming a nice little collector car for various reasons. Not the least of which because it's a super fun convertible!

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Answer #2:

A) It's Karmann.

B) All 1979-1993 water-cooled VW convertibles, regardless of badging, were built by Karmann GmbH in Osnabrück, Germany. All of these convertibles sport "Karmann" badges on their fenders to give credit to the factory that built them.

C) "Wolfsburg Edition" is a marketing name. The 1985 Wolfsburg Edition Cabriolet came in only two paint colors: Flash Silver Metallic and Titian Red Metallic. Their dashes are no different than other Cabriolets; they did, however, receive special leather interiors and color-matched Avus wheels. As for the "bells and whistles", the 1985 Wolfsburg Editions were no different than other Cabriolets; A/C was optional as was power steering and cruise control (power windows weren't even a thought until the 1990 model year when they became standard; power door locks were never even an option let alone standard equipment on the Mk1's). Canadian models received optional heated front seats.

D) The 1985 Cabriolet marked a name change from "Rabbit Convertible". However, that is the only thing that changed; if not for the badges on the trunk lid, you essentially could not discern an '85 from an '84. The 1986 model year marked a couple of minor changes: Bumper mountings (metal bumpers sit closer to body), loss of bumper guards, and addition of the federally-mandated third brake light (which did not change for '87; i.e. the '87's are identical in appearance and mechanicals to the '86). It was the 1988 model year that marked the beginning of the Clipper body kit and dual-round headlight grille.

E) When the Westmoreland plant closed in 1988, production of North American-sold Golfs and Jettas switched to Mexico, in addition to Germany.