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2015 Volkswagen Golf 7 Starts Production in Mexico

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/18/2014 Edward A. Sanchez

The Volkswagen Golf TDI - Motor Trend" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">seventh-generation Golf has been on-sale in Europe for a year, while North America has soldiered on with the sixth-generation model. But the latest evolution of Volkswagen's popular C-segment hatchback is about to find its way to U.S. showrooms, thanks to production starting this past week at Volkswagen's Puebla, Mexico plant. The first official Golf 7 to come off the line was appropriately enough a red GTI.

Production of the North American-spec Golf has alternated between Germany and Mexico over the previous generations, with the second and third-generation U.S. Golf models coming from Mexico, with the majority of fourth, fifth and sixth-generation models coming from Germany. Aside from the Wolfsburg plant, Puebla is one of VW's largest production facilities worldwide, and is the exclusive source of the Beetle for markets worldwide. In addition to the Golf, Puebla will build other models based off the new MQB architecture, including a Golf wagon, and a new-generation Jetta.

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Turbocharged four-cylinder engines, which were previously imported from Europe, are being built regionally in Volkswagen's Silao, Mexico engine facility, which has been building them since early 2013. The Golf 7 will also adopt the 1.8-liter turbocharged I-4 as its base engine for U.S.-spec models, signaling an end to the heavy and thirsty 2.5-liter five-cylinder.

Source: Volkswagen

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