Audi has long been known to be looking for a North American location for a new auto plant. While Chattanooga was the most rumored site for a potential U.S. location, Georgia was assumed to be in the mix. Neither will prevail.
Audi has yet to announce a specific location for the Mexican plant, but the automaker says the factory will be up and running by 2016. The plant will “manufacture an SUV model”, which is widely thought to be the Q5 compact utility vehicle.
Audi parent Volkswagen, which already operates a production facility in Puebla, Mexico, says it chose Mexico over the United States for “economic” reasons.
“Good infrastructure, competitive cost structures and existing free trade agreements played a significant role in the choice of Mexico,” said Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “This trailblazing move will help us safeguard our position on the world market. Our German locations, too, stand to benefit from it.”
So, if it’s any consolation, all those people that don’t come to Georgia anymore to pick Vidalia onions or gather pine straw will have a reason to stay home and work in Mexico, just like those that voted for HB87 wanted.