Audi Q5 Pipeline to U.S. Will Flow With New Mexican Assembly Plant | Edmunds

Audi Q5 Pipeline to U.S. Will Flow With New Mexican Assembly Plant


Just the Facts:
  • The availability of the Audi Q5 to U.S. customers is expected to increase as Audi AG gets a $1.3 billion assembly plant outside of Mexico City up and running.
  • Audi AG said the plant will be built by mid-2016, with an annual production capacity of up to 150,000 units.
  • Vehicles from the Mexican assembly plant will hit the U.S. market in 2016.

SAN JOSE CHIAPA, Mexico — The availability of the Audi Q5 to U.S. customers is expected to increase as Audi AG gets a $1.3 billion assembly plant outside of Mexico City up and running.

Audi AG said the plant will be built by mid-2016, with an annual production capacity of up to 150,000 units.

Vehicles from the Mexican assembly plant will hit the U.S. market in 2016.

Audi is touting the plant as its "first own factory on the American continent."

"Starting in mid-2016, the successor generation of the Audi Q5 will drive off the assembly lines," said the German automaker in a statement.

Audi broke ground on the plant on Friday.

"Audi has found an ideal environment in Mexico for the establishment of a new plant to produce SUVs, with which Audi will primarily strengthen its position in the North American market," said the company in a statement. "As a bridge between the North and South American continents, the emerging economy with a large number of international free-trade agreements offers the best tax and financial conditions, a well-developed infrastructure and the high potential of well-educated employees."

Audi predicts that every third Audi will be an SUV by 2020.

Edmunds says: With the Audi Q5 in short supply on U.S. dealers' lots, the new plant should be good news for Audi buyers here.

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