Volkswagen plans to begin production of its new Golf at the Puebla plant in Mexico.
Until now Volkswagen has manufactured the Golf at its main German plants in Zwickau and Wolfsburg. But for some time rumors have been spread that the automaker plans to shift production of the Golf in the dollar zone. Many believed that it will choose the Chattanooga factory, in Tennessee, where VW also produces the Passat sedan.
“Chattanooga has exhausted its capacity,” Winterkorn said. “If we expand there, an SUV that ends up roomier than the Tiguan would have a good shot.”
Production of the 7th generation Golf is expected to begin in Puebla at the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015, and it will probably be exported overseas under the Golf name. Besides the American Passat manufactured in Chattanooga and the Jetta built in Puebla, the new Golf is also one of the central pieces of VW’s growth strategy in the US. From January to September VW’s sales in the US reached 323,089 units, up 37%.
Volkswagen also plans to begin manufacturing the Golf in China soon, which is the automaker’s most important market globally. By the end of 2013 VW plans to launch volume production at its Foshan plant.