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Volkswagen Starts Golf 7 Production in Mexico

The seventh generation Volkswagen Golf was revealed in 2012 at the Paris Motor show and went on sale in Europe just a few months later. However, even though most of Asia already has gets the Mk7, the US hasn't been allowed to sample its MQB platform and new engines.
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The reason? Volkswagen is re-engineering the car for US road, giving it a new 1.8 TSI turbo engine and has also had to retool the factory in Mexico where the Golf is made.

Yesterday, production of the Golf 7 finally started in Puebla, Mexico. The first model off the line was welcomed into the world by Mexican Secretary of Economy, Dr. Guajardo, and Volkswagen CEO, Prof. Dr. Winterkorn.

The first Golf 7 made in Mexico is not the blue hatch VW of America showed in its press release yesterday, but a red GTI hot hatch.

Winterkorn explained that production of the Golf takes place in Mexico because that's where other compacts like the Beetle and Jetta. He added that demand for the Golf Variant, also made in Mexico and known as the Jetta SportWagon in the US, is increasing.

CEO of Volkswagen de México, Andreas Hinrichs, underscored the major significance of the Puebla location for Volkswagen: “Our Puebla factory is today one of the Group’s highest exporters and one of its largest plants worldwide. Over 10 million vehicles have already been shipped from here to customers all over the world.”

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