[Videos] Audi takes a page out of the how it’s made series with Mexico factory and new Q5 image
The Ingolstadt-based automaker has decided to outsource its new generation Q5 to its most modern and new factory to date – the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.
To celebrate the occasion, they also revealed several new videos with the assembly facility and the build process of the Q5. Audi is moving production of the Q5 to the company’s first assembly facility on the North American continent. It will encompass a total of 4,200 jobs and the San José Chiapa factory will churn out up to 150,000 units per year. Completed in record time – just three and a half years, the facility occupies 988 acres (400 hectares) and includes all of the essentials: press, paint, and body shops, along with the assembly line, thanks to an investment of more than €1 billion (around $1.1 billion).
Showcased in front of the worldwide audience for the first time during the Paris Motor Show, the crossover is up to 198 pounds (90 kilograms) lighter and shares the same new MLB Evo architecture with the A4 and A5 models from where it will source the entire engine and gearbox family. For the first time, the Q5 also has an optional adaptive air suspension and Quattro will be offered as standard on all versions save for the entry-level 150-hp 2.0 TDI diesel version where it can be had as an optional equipment.