Rumors of Audi starting U.S. production have been floating around for a while. Tennesseans in Chattanooga had hoped Audi would move in with Volkswagen. These hopes have been dashed over the weekend. Germany’s Spiegel reports that Audi will get its own plant in Mexico.
A plan to produce a new generation of Audi’s Q5 sport-utility vehicle from 2015 in Mexico will be presented to Volkswagen’s supervisory board at its next scheduled meeting on April 18, says Der Spiegel. If approved (which is very likely,) production could start in 2015, the magazine said.
Blaming an (unlikely) UAWification for Audi’s decision to build in Mexico is cute spin, but it is spin nonetheless. Until recently, top brass in Wolfsburg had argued to go Chattanooga. Ingolstadt brass was against it. Volkswagen insiders know that “Audianer” try to do their own thing whenever possible. And it looks like it has been made possible again.