Audi denies speculations on new plant in Mexico image

Audi Ag., the German premium automaker has denied media speculations that parent VW has picked Mexico to build a new plant.

Brad Stertz, Audi spokesman said today Volkswagen’s supervisory board has yet to make the final call on the factory’s location or which model will be built there.

The report of a new factory came Friday from German magazine Der Spiegel, which did not cite sources, according to The Economic Times.

Because Audi is a Volkswagen brand, many in the industry have questioned whether Audis would be built at Chattanooga’s new Volkswagen facility, where employees are currently producing Passats.

In July CEO Rupert Stadler declared that the problem was ‘when’ not ‘if’ Audis will be made in North America, and leaders were planning to increase local supply.

After that, in May, at VW’s plant opening, Volkswagen AG CEO Dr. Martin Winterkorn said Audis “could be” produced in Chattanooga but did not elaborate.

There has also been speculation that Volkswagen may start producing its Tiguan model in North America.