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VW Golf: Soon to be produced in US?

VW Golf

Recent rumors have it that VW is mulling a US production of the VW Golf.

The reason behind the potential move is obvious: Shifting some of the assembly from Wolfsburg, Germany to North America has the potential to save hundreds of millions of dollars over the lifetime of the next Golf. The budget-minded hatch is due for a major overhaul in the next few years, and lining up another NA-based production center would go a long way towards bringing VW’s production capacity up to achieve its goal of selling 15 million vehicles worldwide by 2018.

With its Puebla, Mexico facility building the new Jetta and ramping up production of the new Beetle, its output could be tapped out if the reborn Bug proves to be a sales success in the States. And VW probably won’t expand its Mexican production operations, leaving its new Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which is currently producing the Passat.