The (now, over a year-old) seventh-generation VW Golf has just entered production in the manufacturer’s massive complex located in the Mexican province of Puebla. There, it will share the production line with the Beetle and Jetta.
VW has expanded so much over the last decade or so that it is no longer commercially viable to export the typically European Golf from the Old Continent to the New World because they would not make enough money off it. It’s nice that they’re contributing to the Mexican economy, and creating jobs where before there were none, but that’s where I think the problem lies…
What the automaker is saying and swearing by is that its new plant can supply cars at the same level of quality of those built in one of its home plants, where people had been building cars for a few more decades.
The news comes as Volkswagen de Mexico celebrates its 50th birthday marking the date when on January 15 1964, “the Wolfsburg-based company founded an import, production and sales company,” and three years later the Bettle started rolling off the production line, before production was ceased in 2003.
So, how do you feel about the new Mexican roots of the upcoming US-bound Golf?
By Andrei Nedelea