By on October 3, 2012


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.

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15 Comments on “Golf Mk VII To Be Made In Mexico, China...”

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    Make some popcorn – there is going to be a lot of debate about VWs made in Germany vs. Mexico…

    • 0 avatar

      Previous Golfs/Rabbits have been built in Germany, US, Mexico, Brazil and Germany again. Mexican manufacturing is nothing new here — and Jettas are already built at Puebla.

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    I know this is about the Golf, but I might as well say it. VW doesn’t need an SUV larger than the Tiguan. First they need a Tiguan that doesn’t price itself out of competition with the CRV-types. Second, they need a Tiguan with a diesel engine. Beyond that, I don’t care where they produce the Golf because I’ll never buy one again – not because my ’01 tdi wasn’t a great car with exceptional mpg, but because we already replaced it with a Jetta. The sad thing is that we would have bought a Tiguan if it had had a diesel engine. And the dealer said they could sell lots more of them if they had a diesel.

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      You’re preaching to the choir. We’d like to replace my wife’s 2000 Jetta TDI with a Tiguan TDI. Except that doesn’t exist in North America. I’ve been told 2015 for a Tiguan TDI by a dealer and it seems to be the popular date online as well. But if VW doesn’t build one, we might end up buying a CX-5 because I don’t want to pay for a gas Tiguan, then have to put premium fuel in it and get crappy fuel economy.

      Come on VW, do it! Find some engine capacity at one of your many plants, federalize it with an automatic and AWD and put it on lots and sell it for under $30000. You know they’ll sell.

    • 0 avatar

      I believe the issue with the Tiguan diesel is that it would require urea injection in order to meet the US emission standards, and the current model was not designed to accommodate the urea tank. Tiguan Mk2 is likely the earliest time you will see a diesel in North America.

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    Dear Volkswagen: I promise to buy one (Golf or GTI) if you make it in Wolfsburg. Otherwise, I will have to look elsewhere. Best, Robbie

    • 0 avatar
      Speed Spaniel

      I second that motion. Complex products made in third world countries = pass.

      • 0 avatar

        And even if they do make them well in Mexico, if they do not built them in Germany, VW will likely make sure that the thing drives and feels like a typical American car, instead of having the German feel. As a result, you then get an imitation Hyundai at inflated prices.

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    I don’t care where the Golf is produced. For the entire MKIV run U.S. Golfs were built in Brazil. Jettas in Mexico. Jetta wagons in Germany. Then moved to Germany only for Golfs with MKV/VI. It’s really all the same.

    I DO wonder why they need a NEW SUV to slot above the Tiguan. Are they getting rid of the T-reg? What space is between the Tig and T-reg? Don’t waste your time, VW!!

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    Just please give the U.S. a GOLF (not GTI) with a GAS engine AND nice features. I hate that the TDI Golfs get upgraded features but gas Golfs don’t here in the U.S.

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    They already have an SUV larger than the Tiguan – the Touareg. And no, it is not THAT much larger. I can’t see what they could put between the two.

    We have a Tdi Touareg, our neighbor has a Tiguan. I find it hilarious that we have more space, more power, and get much better mileage. I concede that we also spent more but I see us having a better long-term resale value on a Diesel Touareg than a loaded up, near 40K Tiguan as the neighbor has…Down the road, a diesel VW usually always has a buyer, an overpriced Tiguan with a lot of miles will likely be less appealing next to a CRV or Rav4 for the average used-car buyer.

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    This seems like as good a thread as any to theorize on VWs. I was recently reading the Passat thread:

    Given my experience with VAG (made in Europe models, not “Hecho in Amexico” models), I found it somewhat surprising that so many people mention so many problems with VW/Audis here. Sure, I’ve heard the “electrical problem” canard, but it seems like most of the people who say that haven’t driven a VW or Audi since the 80s, when legitimately they had some power window regulators die and things like that.

    Part of me wonders if the issue is one of the following:
    1) VAG buyers do a crap job maintaining their vehicles, so yeah, stuff happens
    2) VAG buyers disproportionately get service done at the dealership because they still believe the falsehood that you need a special German mechanic –> which means, a) that they pay ripoff prices that only the stealership charges, b) that the stealership servicewriter tells them all kinds of crap they need to fix that doesn’t actually need to be fixed, and c) you get part-replacer techs that can’t actually diagnose problems like my mechanic can

    For #1, the problem is obvious — fix your damn car. The demo that typically drives Jettas makes me think #1 is a huge issue.

    For #2, VW/Audi parts are more expensive than my Ford/GM parts, but not that much more expensive most of the time. Everyone complains about how service intervals cost more, and sure, you have to use synthetic instead of the crap that comes out of the big lowest-bidder barrel, so an oil change costs more, but if you follow the stealership’s “recommended” service you will always pay more — so follow the owner’s manual.

    Now, I’ve seen the JD Power lists where VW often comes towards the bottom, and I must admit I have more experience with Audis (which are much higher on the list) than VWs, so maybe my experience is biased too. However, I will note that I’ve also had quite good experiences with other cars that people think are unreliable (80s Taurus comes to mind, and certain GMs too), so I don’t know what to say.

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      Most VWs in the 80s still had wind-up windows, and were crude but reliable and easy to fix; there are still a surprisingly large number of Mk.II Golfs/Jettas still motorin’ about. It’s the 90s Mk.III crap onwards that gave VW a bad wrap…

      I also can’t for a second accept that VAG owners take particuarly poor care of their vehicles.

      It’s the Toyonda owners that care little for their cars and just want something to move them from point a to point b. VW owners are a passionate bunch, and many chose VW because they wanted something special or premium without jumping up to BMW – how many Vanagon owners still suffer for their cause?

      Personally, if going used European I’d take BMW up to the e46/e90 or something decent from the 80s, for despite the passion of VAG owners, VWs really wern’t great cars in the 90s and early 2000s…

      • 0 avatar

        “I also can’t for a second accept that VAG owners take particuarly poor care of their vehicles.”

        Well, it depends on which VAG owners we’re talking about. People who lease Audis are probably lax. A stereotypical Jetta buyer just thinks “it’s so cute” but often doesn’t maintain it well from my experience. Also, the stereotypical demographic is also most likely to be ripped off by a mechanic.

        So it’s interesting that you’re making a distinction between Mk.II and Mk.III. What do you think changed? Is it decontenting/cheapening?

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