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Mexican President Visits New Q5 Facility, Gets Sneak Peek at New B9 Crossover

For Audi, the arrival of the next Q5 doesn’t just mean an all-new take on one of their best-selling models. It also means the start-up of a new state-of-the-art production facility in San José Chiapa, Mexico that will produce all Q5 models for the world market. Not surprisingly, the long process of bringing this plant online is picking up pace, including a visit from the Mexican President this week.

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As it nears completion and gets closer to turning out new Audi Q5 crossovers next year, the Audi plant under construction in San José Chiapa, Mexico, is becoming the focus of more attention from around the continent and across the world.

On the heels of a major event that brought CEOs and other representatives of 80 suppliers to the plant in August, Audi of Mexico hosted Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto and many other dignitaries for the inauguration of $100 million in infrastructure projects that will help Audi and the state of Puebla prosper together.

Peña formally opened 21 kilometers of highway that connects the Audi site and related facilities with one of the nation’s main transport arteries. The route connects to Mexico City to the northwest and to Veracruz to the east on the Gulf of Mexico – a major port for shipments to Europe.

Peña noted how well the production of Mexico’s first premium vehicle will reflect on the nation’s progress as a manufacturing power.

The governor of Puebla, Rafael Moreno Valle, and several top members of Peña’s cabinet joined Audi of Mexico CEO Alfons Dintner at the event along with about 3,000 people, including about 1,000 from Audi and about 2,000 members of the public. Peña’s visit ended with a tour of the training center at the Audi facility – and a top-secret peek at the final prototype of the new Q5.

In August, Dintner hosted a Suppliers Day to share the Audi vision with some of the representatives of the companies that will do a projected $17 billion worth of business in components and services over the life cycle of the Q5. About two-thirds of those outlays will go to companies headquartered in North America and about 20 percent to European companies.

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