VW GTI meet leaves Wörthersee as a result of locals’ sustainability considerations

The Austrian village of Reifnitz, positioned 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 best way again to 1982. VW itself has joined the enjoyable and used the occasion to introduce new fashions and ideas prior to now.

The occasion hasn’t run since 2019 as a result of pandemic, and now the municipality of Maria Wörth has determined to cancel it because of the sustainability considerations of locals. In a press release issued in February, the municipality stated the large progress of the occasion in recent times led to decreased 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 should happen within the German metropolis of Wolfsburg, the place Volkswagen Group’s headquarters are positioned, 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 trade with them may be very pricey to us,” Imelda Labbé, head of gross sales, advertising, and after gross sales on the VW model, stated in a press release. “Because of this, after the GTI assembly at Lake Wörthersee was sadly canceled, we determined fairly rapidly to supply the GTI fan neighborhood a brand new residence for the occasion.”

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