VW GTI meet leaves Wörthersee resulting from locals’ sustainability considerations

The Austrian village of Reifnitz, situated on the shores of Lake Wörthersee and forming a part of the municipality of Maria Wörth, has performed host to an annual meet for Volkswagen GTI followers going all the way in which again to 1982. VW itself has joined the enjoyable and used the occasion to introduce new fashions and ideas up to now.

The occasion hasn’t run since 2019 resulting from pandemic, and now the municipality of Maria Wörth has determined to cancel it because of the sustainability considerations of locals. In an announcement issued in February, the municipality stated the large development of the occasion lately led to diminished acceptance by the locals of the small village. The municipality additionally cited the consequences of local weather change among the many causes for canceling the occasion.

There GTI meet will return, however it’s going to happen within the German metropolis of Wolfsburg, the place Volkswagen Group’s headquarters are situated, and the place the present Golf GTI is constructed. VW stated final week that the primary working of the brand new GTI meet in Wolfsburg will happen in 2024.

“Our GTI followers are of nice significance to Volkswagen and that is why the change with them could be very expensive to us,” Imelda Labbé, head of gross sales, advertising and marketing, and after gross sales on the VW model, stated in an announcement. “Because of this, after the GTI assembly at Lake Wörthersee was sadly canceled, we determined fairly rapidly to supply the GTI fan group a brand new residence for the occasion.”

VW stated the brand new meet will proceed to host car displays, stage reveals, and GTI membership occasions, along with new occasions and a few surprises. The automaker additionally stated Wolfsburg has the area and infrastructure to assist a big meet just like the one which has historically taken place in Reifnitz.