Volkswagen unveiled plans on Sept. 23 to invest $550 million in a new plant in Mexico to help the German auto giant strengthen its position in the North American market.
The announcement came jointly with President Felipe Calderon, who said the plant would be a "next generation" engine facility in the central state of Guanajuato, to supply the assembly plant in Puebla and at a plant in Tennessee.
Volkswagen, which is a market leader in Europe, China and Brazil, aims to triple its U.S. sales by 2018 to one million annually and hopes to overtake Toyota as the world's biggest automaker.
The firm produced 325,000 vehicles in Mexico in 2009 and hopes to boost that by 35% this year thanks to an expansion of the Puebla facility.
Otto Lindner, who heads Volkswagen in Mexico, said that the new plan could produce 330,000 engines a year and will create at least 700 jobs.
Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010