Production of 2015 Volkswagen Golf 7 Begins in Mexico

Europe has already had its hands on the seventh-generation Golf for the better part of a year, and now it's our turn to enjoy the latest generation of Volkswagen's best-selling compact hatchback. The Golf 7 bound for U.S. showrooms will come from VW's plant in Puebla, Mexico, which will produce the model for North and South America. The first model to come off the line Tuesday was 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.

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.

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Might want to fact check and correct the glaring misinformation in this great piece of "journalism". For most of the past generations of Golf you talk about if they were imported into the USA it is from Brazil (9BW) production if not from Germany (WVW). Look at most any Golf (and the Rabbit "2") first 3 VIN character and you won't see a VIN 3VW (Mexico) like most Jetta.Digit 11 in the VIN will tell the exact plant for those more curious than wanting region/country alone.
Let's hope the Mexican launch of the Mark VII goes smoothly and successfully. I'm a big VW fan, and the owner of a Mark VI 2013 GTI. I decided I didn't want to take a chance on a first model year car, so I bought my 2013 with the thought that I'd trade it for a second year Mark VII GTI.My 2008 Jetta was built at Puebla, and it was a great car, with the exception of soft, problematic brakes that required replacement every 30,000 miles. The Puebla facility was massively upgraded a few years back, so I'm confident that they'll produce a good GTI once they get a year of production under their belt. The specs of the new GTI look impressive. I like that it's lighter and larger, and the new electronic differential sounds like it will improve the GTI's stability when exiting a corner under power. MY GTI is an incredible driving machine. I can just imagine how awesome the new one will be.

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