Volkswagen will build Porsche in USA?
Volkswagen announced that the company could build Porsche’s Cayenne SUV at its new U.S. plant that will be opened in 2010. VW spokesman Andreas Meurer said: "When we discuss whether to build the [VW] Touareg and [Audi] Q7 in the USA, we also talk about the Cayenne."
The Touareg, Q7 and Cayenne share the same platform and are built in VW’s factory in Bratislava, Slovakia. Meurer confirmed that the 150,000-unit U.S. plant will initially build the VW Jetta sedan and an all-new sedan that will be about the same size as the VW Passat.
He also confirmed that three U.S. states – Alabama, Tennessee and Michigan - are under consideration for the plant. VW will decide on the location in mid July.
VW CEO Martin Winterkorn told Handelsblatt that models for VW’s premium brand Audi could be built alongside VW models in the new plant. Porsche owns 31 percent of VW and plans to increase its stake to more than 50 percent in the next six months.