Volkswagen production in Mexico up 11.2% in 2017; exports hike 15.6%
Volkswagen Mexico ended 2017 with increases of 11.2% in production and 15.6% in exports, totaling 461,248 manufactured units and 386,122 vehicles sent abroad respectively.
Of the models produced by the German automaker in Mexico, the Jetta led production volume with 205,149 units, ranking second passenger car with the highest manufacturing and export volume in the industry. In the Mexican facility, located in Puebla, the Golf, Beetle and Tiguan models are also assembled.
In twelve months, the company placed 275,460 cars in the North America region, 70,971 arrived in Europe, while the Asian market imported 12,750 units and 26,941 finished in Central and South America.
Volkswagen was ranked as the fourth largest automotive company in the country in both production volume and exports. However, it is worth noting that contrary to its rivals, the company operates just one production facility in the country. It was in 2014 when the assembly plant reached its production peak with 475,121 cars.
According to the registry of the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry (AMIA), the plants with operations in the country manufactured between January to December last year a total of 3,773,569 vehicles, a figure that represented an increase of 3.9% compared to 2016.