His counterpart in Wolfsburg is Joachim Traue, the project manager responsible for the up! GTI. The 46-year-old manager was hired to work in the prototype engineering department at Volkswagen in 2004. He is currently not only involved in the series production launch in Bratislava, but is also making sure that everything runs smoothly 10,000 kilometers away in Taubaté, Brazil. Traue, who has a degree in mechanical engineering, is the point of convergence of various project threads. That’s because he is the one who coordinates the up! GTI in the Small (G1) production line. The team is made up of around twenty employees from Technical Development, Procurement, Production and Sales. A representative from Bratislava, the primary plant for the smallest Volkswagen, is also on the team and often joins discussions via a live video feed.