Volkswagen’s luxury automaker Audi may be leaning toward Mexico for a North American assembly plant, according to WardsAuto.
In a report, it cited Mexico’s lower labor costs and that a facility there would allow Audi to export vehicles to South America, and even to Europe if necessary, without paying excessive import and export tariffs.
A top Audi executive at the North American International Auto Show last week cited Chattanooga as an “attractive potential location” for its first North American production plant.
But, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen said the VW brand already has aggressive plans for its Chattanooga site. He added that there was no final decision.
In addition to the 1,300 acres on which VW built its plant, the company also has an option for 1,000 adjacent acres.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...