Audi has chosen the location of its new Mexico plant, which is scheduled to start production of the next-generation Q5 SUV in 2016.
After evaluating more than a dozen locations, Audi has decided to go with San Jose Chiapa, in the state of Puebla, Central Mexico. Construction work will start in mid-2013, with the plant marking a major milestone in the growth required in Audi’s Strategy 2020.
„The production site in San José Chiapa meets various key requirements of our global growth strategy and we can step up our activities in American markets,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG. Site conditions, logistics links, infrastructure, well-qualified employees and living quality were the main criteria for the choice of location. The location is also an ideal base from which to supply international markets from Mexico.
“We congratulate Audi on this decision and are sure that the location meets the ideal criteria for fulfilling the Company’s strategic goals. We are proud that Audi, a leading European premium manufacturer, has chosen our country as a future production base,” said Rafael Moreno Valle, Governor of the State of Puebla.
The new Mexican plant will build up to 150,000 units of the new Q5 each year.