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VW may build Golf in Mexico

Published October 5, 2012
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Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn says the automaker favours using its factory in Puebla, Mexico, as another production site for the new Golf, Automotive News reports.

The company will deal with the question of additional Golf production “in a matter of just a few weeks,” Winterkorn said.

The seventh-generation Golf is expected to go on sale in North America in 2014.

“The decision will be made this year,” he said.

VW has so far built the Golf at German factories in Wolfsburg and Zwickau.

There has been speculation in the auto industry about a possible location for Golf production in the dollar zone. Some observers had given VW’s factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., the edge. The mid-size Passat sedan, specially designed for the U.S. market, is built there.

“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.”

The seventh-generation Golf’s production in Puebla will reportedly begin at the end of 2014 or in early 2015 at the latest, according to Automobilwoche’s online edition. There is a high probability that the five-seat compact will be marketed overseas under the Golf name — and not as the Rabbit, as was once the case in the United States.

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