Volkswagen Opens 100th Plant in Mexico

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Globalisation and internationalization are perfect words to describe what Volkswagen is doing through its relentless worldwide expansion. Nothing is more eloquent to prove this point than the recent news that they have opened their 100th plant worldwide.
The new factory, built in the Mexican state of Guanajuato, in the city of Silao. Inaugurated on January 15, the plant will begin production of turbocharged TSI petrol engines, including the engine which powered the VW Passat Performance Concept, shown at the 2013 North American International Auto Show - a 1.8-liter unit, with 247 hp.

It cost VW around $550 million to build the plant, which has a maximum output capacity of 330,000 engines every year, and it will employ the services of 700 workers at first, and will be hiring more once the plant is fully up and running.

According to Martin Winterkorn, CEO of VW "The Silao factory is the Volkswagen Group’s 100th plant and therefore represents one of the largest and most international production networks in the automotive industry [ . . . ] With this new plant we are driving our ambitious major North American offensive forward. Over the next three years the Volkswagen Group will be investing more than $5 billion in North America alone. Silao is thus also a strong symbol of our uninterrupted growth trajectory and the Group’s continuing internationalization."
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