Volkswagen México contributes to 13.44 percent of Mexico’s 25 percent growth in car production for 2023

Despite pandemic setbacks, Puebla's Volkswagen factory boosts output, propelling Mexico's automotive industry to significant growth in 2023.

On June 6, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) released the Administrative Registry of the Light Vehicle Automotive Industry (RAIAVL), corresponding to producing and exporting light vehicles in Mexico.

The data were obtained from 22 companies affiliated with the Mexican Association of the Automotive Industry, Giant Motors Latin America, Autos Orientales Picacho, and Chirey Motor Mexico.
Nationwide, car production in Mexico reached 344,201 units in May, representing a growth of 24.97 percent compared to the same month in 2022.

Cumulative production from January to May totaled 1,560,928 units, representing a 13.44 percent increase.

In the case of Volkswagen de México’s car production, installed in Puebla, 22,272 units were produced in May, which means that an average of 742.4 units per day or 30.9 units per hour were manufactured last month.

Production in May 2023 continues to be low compared to the same month in 2022 when 28,556 units were manufactured due to the crisis generated by the Covid-19 pandemic and the limited availability of parts in the market.

But let’s talk about the accumulated production from January to May 2023, which is 118 thousand 589 units. It does have an increase of 6.9 percent compared to the same period in 2022 when a total of 110 thousand 955 units were registered.

Records corresponding to 2019, before the pandemic, indicate that the more than 7 thousand workers of Volkswagen de México produced about 64 cars every hour, that is, one unit per minute.

The Volkswagen de México plant, located in Puebla, is the largest car manufacturer in Mexico and the second largest Volkswagen Group plant outside Germany.

Different processes are carried out for the production of its units, from stamping sheet metal parts, sheet metal work, and body painting, to the final assembly of the automobiles.

Currently, the models manufactured by the car assembly plant in Puebla are the new Jetta, Taos, and Tiguan.