The seventh generation of Volkswagen’s venerable and best-selling hatch, the Golf, has barely been launched in Europe, and Volkswagen is already looking into producing it abroad. Volkswagen aims at two regions that usually prefer cars with trunks: China and America.
For North American production, there are two options: The modern plant in Chattanooga, or Volkswagen’s Mexican base, Puebla. According to Germany’s Automobilwoche [sub], the car will most likely be made in Mexico.
“The capacities in Chattanooga are currently exhausted,” Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn told the paper. “If we expand there, then probably for a new SUV that is a little larger than the Tiguan.”
Production of the Golf Mk VII will likely start in Mexico in late 2014, or early 2015.
China will get a domesticated Golf earlier, probably in late 2013, says Automobilwoche. Production will move to Volkswagen’s new plant in Foshan in southern China.