Just when we thought the four-year drama of a U.S. factory for Audi might be clearing up, we're back to the muddy. Not even two weeks after a Detroit outlet reported that the decision has already been made to build an Audi plant in the States, German Manager Magazin quotes Audi boss Rupert Stadler as saying he'd like a factory in Mexico for production of the Q5.

According to Manager, that has resulted in blowback from Volkswagen honchos who want Audi to take advantage of the VW factory in Chattanooga. Remember, Automobile magazine hinted in February that an expansion at the Tennessee location could be used to build crossovers for Audi and Porsche.

When might there be some clarity about this matter? What's German for "Who knows?" Last month, Stadler apparently said a decision would be made in 12 months, the recent Detroit article claimed a decision would come in 36 months, and an Audi spokesman responding to this latest Mexico news said "before 2015." What we know for sure is that Audis will be built somewhere in North American at some point in the near-ish future. That much is crystal clear. Maybe.


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      Jazz
      • 3 Years Ago
      what ever it takes for Audi to keep away from Bob King.
      1guyin10
      • 3 Years Ago
      The sad part is that most people won't know or care where it is made.
      Nic123
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you buy a German car it's because you want a German car. Sorry but I wouldn't buy a Mexican-built Audi...
        VICTOR
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nic123
        Look up Mercedes Benz. They have factories making most of the MB line from the A class to the S class in Mexico. What you think you are buying and what you are actualy buying are two very distinct things.
        BG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Nic123
        Most people will not know where it comes from, even though the sticker on the door clearly states the location of final assembly. Regardless, does the buyer of this type of crossover care?
      jh
      • 3 Years Ago
      As the owner of 4 audi's why in the world would i want a mexican audi ? the german one's are headache enough . If i am not careful i swear my A8L breaks it self when parked. i love Audi when they are working right but some days it feels like death by a thousand cuts . Why in the world cant the Germans make a reliable car ? My dodge truck has been bulletproof
        1guyin10
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jh
        Three reasons why German cars tend to have issues: 1. They tend to be complicated beasts that carry technology that is on the blurry line of "ready for print". 2. They are built by Germans and if you know any you will understand why that culture complicates problem solving. I'll leave it at that. 3. The Germans assume that their cars will be lovingly cared for and dutifully maintained by well respected and highly skilled technicians for whom they feel an obligation to ensure employment. They expect things to break or need adjustments. All finely built things require adjustments. Chrysler, on the other hand, assumes that they will be lucky if you bother to change the oil and filters at semi-regular intervals and that as close as most owners want to get to doing maintenence is opening the fuel door to fill it up while truely expecting to drive the vehicle 150,000 miles without it ever having graced the dealership's service bay.
          BG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @1guyin10
          Excellent summary of the philosophical differences between German and American automotive engineering, and, by extension, German car-buyers and American car-buyers. The trouble occurs when some silly suburbanite decides to "move up" to the highly-tuned German road machine and is confronted with the fact that his new machine needs proper maintenance and, horrors of all horrors, premium gasoline.
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi and VW gonna smell like Tacos soon
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can *almost* accept when a lower-end brand like VW builds their Beetle in Mexico simply because the margins on that car are probably less than luxury brands, so this is their way of making up some of the difference. But when a higher profit-margin luxury brand like Audi tries to use the lower wages of Mexico, well then that's just pure greed. F U Audi.
        TURION
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        How is it greed to give jobs to people that by your definition need them more?
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Claud
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, Audi....aren't you special?!?!?
      Python189
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those Chrysler employees got stoned in America, so what will happen to these guys in Mexico? But seriously that's good news for Mexico and not China for once
      richsra
      • 3 Years Ago
      When will Audi split-off from VW? It seems that the Audi guys have some sort of beef with the VW guys. I guess it started when Ferdinand Piech decided to take VW upmarket and build expensive cars such as the Phaeton, forgetting that the VW Group already had the A8. If Skoda and Seat are now the entry-level cars and VW is moved upmarket. Where does that leave Audi's bread-and-butter A4?
      Adrián Cr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Viva Mexico Cabrones!!!
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