Audi‘s Mexican plant is nearly completion and to help celebrate all the progress that has been made so far, Audi of Mexico hosted the country’s president Enrique Pena Nieto at the plant.

The new Mexican facility will begin producing the next-generation Audi Q5 next year. Alongside the factory opening in Mexico, Pena opened 21 km of highway in the country which connects the new Audi factory to major transport arteries in Mexico.

Beyond Pena attending the factory preview, there were also a number of top members of his cabinet as well as 2000 members of the public. The president also had a special preview of the next-generation Audi Q5 at the factory.

Beneath the skin, the next Audi Q5 will be based around the MLB architecture currently used by the latest generation of Audi A4. Thanks to this new platform, the Q5 should weigh about 100 kg less than the current model.

From an engine standpoint, the car is tipped to be available with a selection of four and six cylinder engines and for the first time, a plug-in hybrid will also be available. This variant is tipped to be dubbed the e-quattro and will feature an all-electric range of about 30 miles.

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AUDI MEXICO PLANT DRAWS TOP-LEVEL ATTENTION AS OPENING NEARS
Audi of Mexico hosted Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto and many other dignitaries for the inauguration of $100 million in infrastructure projects
The governor of Puebla and several top members of Peña’s cabinet joined Audi of Mexico CEO Alfons Dintner at the event
Peña got a top-secret peek at the final prototype of the new Q5.
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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