Golf Production to Move from Mexico to Europe in 2019

Production of the Volkswagen Golf will be removed from Mexico and placed entirely in Europe beginning in 2019, according to Mexican automotive news website Al Volante.

The Golf is currently assembled at Volkswagen’s facility in the state of Puebla, approximately 85 miles east of Mexico City. Volkswagen de Mexico in Puebla is also responsible for the Jetta as it enters its seventh generation early next year, the next-generation Tiguan, the upcoming T-Roc compact crossover, and the Beetle, which is rumored to be in its final year of production.

Al Volante reports that the workers’ union in Wolfsburg successfully pressured Volkswagen into returning Golf assembly to Germany amid declining worldwide sales — although most Golfs built in Puebla are sent to the United States and Canada, where sales have held steady over the past three years — and product quality concerns. The company may also be shoring up one of its most important products against the ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Volkswagen’s facility in Puebla has been producing Golfs since 2014, the same year in which Volkswagen de Mexico celebrated its 50th anniversary. That move consumed part of the US$7 billion that the company committed to investing in North American production for the five-year period ending in 2018.

The timing of the decision would see Golf production move to Europe in time for the launch of its next generation, which is scheduled for the 2020 model year.

[source: Al Volante]