Volkswagen idles Jetta assembly lines in Puebla for 10 days
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Volkswagen’s Puebla facility entered a 10-day inactive period which laid off 2,000 workers at the Jetta assembly lines, according to a Union representative.
The production idled from July 5th to July 14 according to Sitiavw, VW workers union. However, there’s contradictory versions about the nature and the length of this downtime. While Union leaders said it was a 10-day vacation, several workers interviewed by local media in Puebla revealed it was a technical stoppage which started in June 30, not July 5th.
One thing both union and workers agreed is that downtime at the Puebla facility affects only the Jetta production lines, while Golf and Tiguan assembly work keeps on as usual.
Volkswagen reported solid sales figures for the Jetta in the U.S. market. The company sold 9,999 units last June, up 16.1% compared to the 8,616 vehicles sold the same month of 2016. Nonetheless, for the first half of 2017 Jetta sales totaled 55,495 units, down 4.8% compared to the same period the previous year.