The Ingolstadt-based automaker has decided to relocate the new generation Q5 crossover production from back home to its new, state of the art assembly facility in Mexico.
Audi has now officially marked the opening ceremony at the location, where it will have capacity to produce 150,000 vehicles each year. The first model coming out of there will be the second generation Q5, offered across global markets. The facility, in San Jose Chiapa, Puebla is Audi’s first in the Americas and has room for 4200 local workers. “The plant in Mexico is a milestone in the history of our company and an important step in our internationalization. It is one of the most modern factories on the American continent. With this facility, we have established an important site for the export of our automobiles to customers all over the world,” commented in a statement Audi chairman Rupert Stadler.
The factory was an investment of more than one billion euros ($1.1 billion), with the company claiming this is a “Smart Factory” – having been simulated during the design phase to streamline the production process. The construction of the 988 acre (400 hectares) site took just three and a half years to build and has the advantage of not using any fresh water. Seven parts suppliers and logistics providers are located right next to it and in total 100 companies across Mexico supply components for the Q5.