Volkswagen has commenced production of the new Golf at its Puebla site in Mexico, which will also build further models from the Golf family for North America going forward. The inauguration of the Golf production at the Puebla site – timed for a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of Volkswagen de México -- was graced by: Ildefonso Guajardo, Mexican Secretary of Economy; Rafael Moreno-Valle, Governor of the State of Puebla; and Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG.
Around 700 guests from politics and industry attended the celebrations. The lightweight construction of the Golf is unpinned by the Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB) architecture.
The new Golf built in Mexico will be sold in the United States and Canada starting mid-2014. Volkswagen has spent around US$700 million in new production site and modern infrastructure for the Golf in Puebla.
The first Golf to be produced in Mexico is a red Golf GTI, while production of other derivatives like the Golf station wagon for the North and South America regions will start later this year. Golf production at the Puebla site has a design capacity of 700 vehicles per working day.
“Our Puebla factory is today one of the Group’s highest exporters and one of its largest plants worldwide. Over 10 million vehicles have already been shipped from here to customers all over the world,” remarked Andreas Hinrichs, chief executive of Volkswagen de México. Aside from the new Golf, VW’s Puebla site also builds the coupe and cabriolet versions of the VW Beetle and the Volkswagen Jetta.
In terms of technology, the Beetle and Jetta also belong to the Golf class and will be underpinned by Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB) in the medium term. On the other hand, Volkswagen commenced building modern TSI engines at its Silao engine plant in early 2013.
“Volkswagen de México has a proud history and a promising future. One car in particular is a symbol of that: The new Golf”, Prof Dr. Martin Winterkorn said in Puebla. “The start of Golf 7 production will give Volkswagen a big boost in the North America region. And it underscores our commitment to Mexico as an automotive location. That is further confirmed by the US$7 billion our Group will be investing in North America in the period to 2018.”