Volkswagens commitment to North American production facilities seems to be growing. The company announced today their 100th manufacturing plant worldwide in Silao, Mexico. "The plant represents one of the largest and most international production networkds in the automotive industry. Over the next five years, VW plans on investing $5 billion dollars in North America alone." Stated Chariman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn.
Engine production in Silao meets the high environmental standards of the Volkswagen brand's "Think Blue" factory program. The aim of this program is to make more efficient use of resources and to achieve a sustained reduction in production-related emissions at all Volkswagen plants.
The CEO of Volkswagen de México, Andreas Hinrichs, drew attention to the Mexican automotive industry's growth path in 2012 and to Volkswagen's contribution, which consists of more than 600,000 vehicles produced in the country. "For us, Silao is a big step towards the future. Volkswagen is once again generating strong momentum for growth and employment in the Mexican automotive industry."
Volkswagen de México currently builds four models for world markets at the Puebla plant. These are the Volkswagen Jetta, Golf Estate/Jetta SportWagen, Beetle, and Beetle Convertible.