On this Wednesday’s meeting of Volkswagen AG’s supervisory board, a decision will be made on where the North American factory for the Audi brand will be constructed, according to an insider. Audi officials have been saying that this summer is when the board will have to finalize its choice. There were reports earlier this month that VW has already decided to build a plant in Mexico but officials quickly denied it.
According to an Audi spokesman, the supervisory board will decide soon. A report from the German magazine Der Spiegel indicated that Audi had received the support of parent Volkswagen to construct the factory in Mexico for Q5 SUV production starting in 2015.
The magazine, which didn’t cite its sources, said that the supervisory board intends to have the plans ratified during the Wednesday meeting. VW officials have been in discussions on the factors that have to be considered in deciding the location (whether Mexico or the U.S.) Just last year, VW opened a plant in Chattanooga for the VW Passat production.
2012 Passat was developed by Volkswagen with the expectation that it will bring with it new standards for the mid-size luxury sedan segment. Despite being a mid-sized sedan, it has the comfort and space one typically associates with a full-size version. It also has the rear-seat legroom, and even trunk space, that are the best for its class.
The balanced proportions of the Passat and the dominant and distinct style clearly show the best implementation of the brand’s new design language. This is the same design DNA that was developed by none other Volkswagen Group Italian Design Chief Walter de Silva and Volkswagen Brand German Design Leader Klaus Bischoff. The TDI version of this model is projected to be a clean diesel option and when paired to the manual transmission, it has fuel efficiency in the highway of 43 mpg with total maximum range of around 800 miles on a single tank of fuel.
This is like travelling from Chicago to New York or Seattle to San Francisco. There are a number of excellent features in the 2012 Passat which include Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and steering wheel audio controls. Scheduled maintenance for this five-cylinder model is covered under the brand’s very own no charge Carefree Maintenance program which lasts for three years or a total of 36,000 miles.
If that is not impressive enough, the starting MSRP of the 2012 Passat is $19,995. This model will be manufactured at Volkswagen’s facility located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The facility is proud to say that it follows a strong commitment when it comes to environmental protection as an important method being implemented is that the painting process should not use any filler. Thus, CO2 emissions are lowered by as much as 20%.