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Volkswagen could build next Golf in Mexico

Posted Oct 5th 2012 11:00AM

New Volkswagen Golf live at 2012 Paris Motor Show reveal - silver - front three-quarter view

The seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf is likely to go into production next year for North American consumption, but Automotive News is reporting that the latest version of the Volkswagen hatchback could end up being built in Mexico by 2014 according to an interview with CEO Martin Winterkorn. The decision to produce the recently debuted 2014 Golf there could happen within a few weeks, and if it does come to fruition, all three of VW's biggest sellers in the United States and Canada would be produced in North America.

This would bode well for VW's targeted sales growth, which is already up this year over 2011 figures. AN says that Golf production would take place at VW's Puebla, Mexico plant that currently builds the Jetta and Beetle, marking the first time the Golf is built outside of Germany. The report also indicates that the automaker is planning to produce the car in China as well.

The Winterkorn interview also discussed the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant that currently builds the Passat. Winterkorn admits that while capacity maxed-out at the year-old facility, there's room for expansion. On that front, confirming earlier rumours, Winterkorn noted that if VW is going to expand, it would be with a utility vehicle that is "roomier than the Tiguan."

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Image Credit: Live photos copyright 2012 Jonathon Ramsey / AOL

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Uhh, the golf has been built outside of Germany for a long while now....

October 05 2012 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply