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8 March 2015

Automotive News is reporting that Volkswagen will be investing a billion big ones (1000 million US dollars… an American billion) in expanding the Puebla production plant.

The investment, aimed at supporting production of the Tiguan compact crossover, is due to be unveiled on Monday and is expected to generate about 1,900 jobs, the person said.

indexThe current Tiguan is scheduled to be redesigned in 2017 and a long-wheelbase version will be sold in the U.S. market. Volkswagen has only said that the long-wheelbase Tiguan will be assembled in North America, but a source with knowledge of the company’s plans says that the company plans to build it in Puebla.

The Puebla plant already manufactures the Golf compact on the version of VW’s Modular Transverse Matrix platform, or “MQB,” that will also underpin the next Tiguan.

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Mexico is the seventh biggest manufacturer of autos and the fourth largest exporter in the world, according to AMIA. More than 80 percent of those vehicles are destined for sale abroad.

Total auto production increased 27 percent last year, compared to 2013, and AMIA has predicted that Mexico will produce more than 5 million vehicles by 2020.

 

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