Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
Three-Row VW Tiguans by 2017
Volkswagen de México announced this week that a three-row version of the Tiguan will be produced at its plant in Puebla, Mexico. The car will be launched to the markets in 2017.
The company will invest US$1 billion for the expansion and modernization of its production facilities at the Puebla plant, as well as tooling to produce auto parts at suppliers. Volkswagen de México’s strategy of technological upgrading, which started with the production of the new Golf on the Modular Transverse Matrix (MQB) platform, goes to the next step with the new Tiguan.
Volkswagen specified that the production capacity for this longer Tiguan will be 500 units per day. This model will be supplied to North and South America, as well as other world markets (excluding the European Union and China).
For production of this compact SUV, new lines will be installed at the Puebla plant. The new body shop will include a high level of automation with advanced programming and control systems. All told, the new buildings will add 90,000 square meters to Volkswagen de México’s Puebla facilities.
The project will add around $1 billion annually to Volkswagen’s auto parts purchasing volume in Mexico. This will create a significant impact on local economics and employment. At Volkswagen de Mexico alone, Tiguan production will employ about 2,000 people.