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Volkswagen to Build Three-Row Tiguan in Mexico

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/10/2015 Kelly Pleskot
Volkswagen to Build Three-Row Tiguan in Mexico

Volkswagen has outlined ambitious plans for expanding its crossover lineup, and the automaker has begun executing those plans. Production for Volkswagen's three-row Tiguan will take place in Puebla, Mexico at the end of 2016, the automaker confirmed today.

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The new model, which builds off the traditional five-door compact crossover, heads to showrooms starting in 2017. VW hopes to produce 500 units of this model each day for North America, South America, and other global markets excluding the European Union and China.

To prepare for the launch, VW has invested a cool $1 billion at the Puebla plant to build extra production lines and tooling for auto parts. In total, Tiguan production will employ around 2000 people in Mexico.

Volkswagen Puebla Mexico Plant© Provided by MotorTrend Volkswagen Puebla Mexico Plant

Along with the new Tiguan, VW also produces its seventh-generation Golf at the Puebla plant. As VW starts bringing more production to North America, around 90 percent of its products will be built in the NAFTA region. This could potentially help VW reduce the Tiguan's prices, which have been unusually high in the past.

“Localization has become key to safeguarding our competitive position on the global market and manufacturing the Tiguan in Mexico will bring production closer to the U.S.-market,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, in a release.

2015 Volkswagen Tiguan© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Volkswagen Tiguan

Incidentally, VW has slated another new three-row crossover to be produced at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant by late 2016. The Cross Coupe GTE concept that debuted in Detroit this year previewed the styling of that midsize crossover model. It's also been rumored that VW is considering a fastback Tiguan as well as a new subcompact crossover.

Images of standard Volkswagen Tiguan shown.

Source: Volkswagen

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