Mattias Rust, Audi’s project manager for staff in Mexico, announced that construction of the automaker’s plant in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico, will begin in 2014.
Mattias Rust also added that the facility is to begin production in May 2016 and will have 3,800 employees. The initial annual production capacity will be 150,000 units of the Q5 crossover. The company plans to begin training its future Mexican employees this year at the company’s Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm plants located in Germany. The automaker said that some of the employees will be recruited from Germany, to help with the launch in Mexico.
“The new plant will become fully fledged member of the Audi production network and will implement the very latest standards in terms of resource efficiency and production processes. Audi is all about premium quality no matter what the location”, said Frank Dreves in the official press release.
According to Audi the new facility in Mexico will help the company offer its worldwide customers new vehicles manufactured in the ‘Audi way’ and reach its sales target of 2 million vehicles annually by 2020. Audi chose San Jose Chiapa to be the plant’s location for its favorable prospects for future employees, centralized location and its infrastructure.