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 U.S. would be produced in North America.

This would bode well for VW's targeted sales growth in the U.S., which is already up 37 percent this year over 2011. 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 rumors, 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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      Felipe Politano
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe they can claim that this is the first time the Golf meant for US sales is built elsewhere, since the last north-american-built Rabbit didn't carry the Golf moniker; but truth is VW did produce the european Golf IV in Brazil and sold it in many different markets (guess not in America, though) along with its platform-mate, the first generation Audi A3. Currently, VW still produces that same Golf IV but facelifted, for the brazilian market only. We call it the Golf "4,5", and it's ugly as sin, but VWB won't kill it until that new mexican version is available - building the Golf VII in Brazil would make it some 25% more expensive than bringing it from Mexico; bringing it from Europe would make it over 50% more expensive. And it's already not a value proposition, even in MKIV.
      krumerica
      • 2 Years Ago
      I thought the Golf III and IV were built in Mexico as well, with production moving to Germany for the fifth generation to attempt to address reliability / build quality concerns at the time. There's also a plant in South Africa that builds Golfs too, but not for NA.
      fefifofum
      • 2 Years Ago
      The previous Ford Fusion was built in Mexico and has stellar reliability ratings, why is everyone so afraid of a VW made there?
      Vinuuz
      • 2 Years Ago
      One more reason to get a Gen 6 Golf/GTi/Golf R
      Proghog
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they don't do what they did to the Jetta and Passat for the US Golfs.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Carlos Cruz
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they lower the price and they don't lower interior quality then sure, otherwise, NO!
      amoniz40
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not the first time they've been built outside of Germany....My 2002 Golf was built in Brazil.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mexico plant can build an ok VW, golf wagon and mk5 jetta family are good examples. If the MK6 jetta any indication, VW will strip the sh!t out of them for lower price. I see more torision beams on the horizon! VW iS going to completely stop any German dubs coming this way - as usual spoon feed us German engineering like they have done for decades.
      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      They'd better lower the price on it like they did for the Jetta.. the Golf would sell in a lot better numbers if it was priced competitively in its class.
        sebster718
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bret Frohwein
        They'll decontent it like they did the Jetta to achieve that.
      withsixappeal
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Golf V was built in Brazil for North American consumption.
        Corey
        • 2 Years Ago
        @withsixappeal
        Not sure about the Golf V specifically, but lots of Golf IVs were built in Brazil. Here in Canada, the City Golf was also manufactured in Brazil.
        Jon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @withsixappeal
        That would be Golf III.
      jayson.kitchen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better do some fact checking, I had a 2002 Golf built in Brazil...
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