Audi has laid the foundation stone for a new plant in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico, where it’s expected to create 3,800 jobs and over $1.1 billion (900-million euros) will be invested in the next two years.
Starting in mid-2016, the new plant in Mexico will be producing the next generation of the Q5 SUV. Located 2,400 meters above sea level on the Central Mexican plateau, the German automaker is not only building its highest factory, but it’ll be the most modern one to date. Annual production capacity will be up to 150,000 units and the employment effect for the overall region should add up to 20,000 jobs. The plant will be built on an area of 400 hectares, almost the equivalent of 400 soccer fields.
“By setting up a new car plant in North America, we are establishing a presence on another continent that is very important to us,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of Audi AG. “In this way, we are strengthening our international competitiveness and consistently pursuing the Audi growth strategy.”
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