Audi has begun construction on a more than €900-million plant, comprising a press shop, body shop and assembly line in San José Chiapa, Mexico—the company’s first plant in North America. Starting in mid-2016, the plant will produce the successor generation of the successful Audi Q5 SUV.
Audi’s current production sites include the German sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm; Brussels (Belgium); Győr (Hungary); Bratislava (Slovakia); Changchun (China); Aurangabad (India); Martorell (Spain); and Jakarta (Indonesia).
By setting up a new car plant in North America, we are establishing a presence on another continent that is very important to us. In this way, we are strengthening our international competitiveness and consistently pursuing the Audi growth strategy.—Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG
With this new plant at an altitude of 2,400 meters (7,874 feet) above sea level on the Central Mexican Plateau, Audi is not only building its highest factory, but also the most modern factory in the global Audi production network. Annual production capacity will be up to 150,000 units.
Audi said that the SUVs will primarily strengthen its position in the North American market.