Audi Opens First North American Plant in Mexico

The new Audi Q5 that debuted at the 2016 Paris Motor Show will be produced at the automaker’s first plant in North America.

The factory is in San José Chiapa in Mexico’s federal state of Puebla and will have an annual production capacity of approximately 150,000 units. By the end of the year, Audi estimates a total of 4,200 jobs will be created locally at Audi México. The German automaker is also the first premium automobile manufacturer with product facilities in Mexico, after investing over $1.12 million U.S. into the factory.

The factory consists of a press shop, body shop, paint shop and assembly line, covering an area of 988 acres and was built in just three-and-a-half years. And thanks to various water treatment methods and the application of new technologies in the paint shop, the plant will be free of wastewater. New equipment will also contribute to significantly reduced water, gas and electricity consumption.