Volkswagen Group Opens New Engine Plant in Mexico

Volkswagen Group Opens New Engine Plant in Mexico 
WOLFSBURG, GERMANY and SILAO, MEXICO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/15/13 -- 

--  President of Mexico, Enrique Pena, and Prof. Dr. Martin
    Winterkorn inaugurate Group's 100thplant worldwide in Silao
--  With a maximum annual capacity of 330,000 engines, factory strengthens
    production network in North America

Volkswagen is further extending its commitment to manufacturing in
North America. The engine plant in Silao in the central Mexican state
of Guanajuato was opened today and is the Volkswagen Group's 100th
plant worldwide. The inauguration ceremony was attended by the
President of Mexico, Enrique Pena, the Governor of the state of
Guanajuato, Miguel Marquez, and Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman
of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft. The
factory will supply Volkswagen's North American vehicle plants in
Puebla (Mexico) and Chattanooga (U.S.) with modern and fuel-efficient
TSI engines produced locally in Silao. 
Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, commented: "The Silao factory is the
Volkswagen Group's 100th plant and therefore represents one of the
largest and most international production networks in the automotive
industry. With this new plant we are driving our ambitious major
North American offensive forward. Over the next three years the
Volkswagen Group will be investing more than $5 billion in North
America alone. Silao is thus also a strong symbol of our
uninterrupted growth trajectory and the Group's continuing
Strengthening its market position in North America is an essential
component of the Volkswagen Group's global growth strategy, based on
models such as the Jetta, the Beetle, and the new U.S. Passat. These
vehicles have been tailored to the demands of the market and are
produced at North American factories with a high degree of
With the start of engine production in Silao, Volkswagen is
continuing a success story in Mexico that spans almost 60 years.
Along with the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, the MAN commercial
vehicles factory in Queretaro, and the planned Audi vehicle plant in
San Jose Chiapa that's scheduled to begin production in 2016, the
Group remains a key growth driver for Mexican industry.  
Going forward, Silao will supply the North American vehicle plants in
Puebla and Chattanooga with the latest generation of fuel-efficient
TSI engines. The plant is designed for a medium-term annual capacity
of 330,000 units. Investment runs at $550 million. Volkswagen will be
creating more than 700 new jobs at the 148-acre plant in Silao in the
medium term. Further jobs in the region will also be created at
suppliers and in the service sector.  
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. As a result, all manufacturing equipment in Silao complies
with the latest energy efficiency standards, thus achieving a
significant reduction in the environmental impact of each engine
that's produced. Special roof lights in the production halls, for
example, combined with energy-efficient lighting throughout the
facility ensure optimum natural light levels and simultaneously
absorb the heat generated by the lighting system. The
improved-performance TSI engines (EA 888) from Silao combine
excellent fuel economy and improved emissions with lower weight.  
The CEO of Volkswagen de Mexico, 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
Volkswagen de Mexico currently builds four models for world markets
at the Puebla plant. These are the Volkswagen Jetta, Golf
Estate/Jetta SportWagen, Beetle, and Beetle Convertible. A total of
604,000 vehicles were manufactured in Puebla in 2012. Production of
the U.S.-market Passat began in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2011 and
more than 150,000 vehicles left the assembly line there in 2012. 
The Volkswagen Group delivered 165,900 (2011: 153,300)* vehicles to
customers in Mexico in 2012. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi,
SEAT, Porsche, Bentley and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brands
therefore recorded an 8.2 percent* year-on-year rise.  )* including
deliveries by the Porsche brand from August 1, 2012; excluding MAN
and Scania 
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Volkswagen Group Communications
Press Spokesperson Production and Plants 
Christoph Adomat
Phone: +49 53 61 / 98 62 66
Volkswagen de Mexico 
Corporate Relations 
Thomas Karig 
Phone: + 52 222 2307196
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