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Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#193 of 832 Re: Mexico vs. Germany [jeffyscott]
Jul 13, 2006 (9:52 am)
When VW first started producing the Golf and Jetta in Mexico there were many quality issues. In the early 2000's they turned it around and now Mexico meets or exceeds the quality of US workers. There is a Businessweek article that I read a few years ago regarding this, you should be able to Google it..
I think it is a perception issue. People who buy VW think that they are purchasing a German made automobile. It really should not matter where the car is produced as long as it is produced with the same standards and quality from the German factory.
I am definitely not a racist, but I'll admit I was surprised when I learned that my 99 Jetta VR6 was produced in Mexico not Germany. Only because I grew up thinking that VW=German made....
#198 of 832 4 Door GTI's Next Week in Canada
Jul 13, 2006 (3:14 pm)
VW Canada are releasing the 4 Door GTI's a lot earlier than I was originally told.
The base price is however $10,000 CDN more than the base 4 Door Rabbit = around $250 CDN more per month on a four year lease (including tax). I am also told the insurance is higher on the GTI's - and not solely on the price differential.
Considering my Jetta 2.0T is only $100 CDN more per month than my 4 Door Rabbit = a good deal on the Jetta. (though I guess I should be comparing the GLI with the GTI)
- 4th tank of gas = 25 MPG
- Here's a racist comment for you about the auto manufacturing process: I hope that nobody with a hangover from sugar-laden German wines worked on my Rabbit as it may have prevented the seal around the windshield from curing properly
Jul 13, 2006 (3:17 pm)
Where are the new Rabbits built? Are they made in Mexico just like the Jettas, or over in Germany?
#202 of 832 OK, Already....
Jul 14, 2006 (7:29 am)
At the moment, all Golfs [GTI, "Rabbit"] are sourced for our market from Germany.
All Jettas WORLDWIDE are coming out of the Mexico plant.
"Quality" has several aspects: design engineering, production engineering, subcontractor assembly quality, and final assembly quality. The nationality of the workers on the line has just about absolutely NOTHING to do with the final product.
Past issues in the Mexican plant have had to do with picking the wrong suppliers for the cars being built there, and taking too long to deal with the problems when they became evident. The new Jetta's assembly quality appears fine - whether VW has picked the right suppliers this time around is open to debate, since the cars haven't been out there on the road that long.
VW doesn't have the management discipline of Toyota when it comes to moving their assembly lines outside of Germany, so it has taken longer [far too long] to get it right. But the issues are the same wherever the car is finally screwed together - what matters is how the company picked the suppliers for the major components, and how well they follow up on problems that develop. The language spoken in the plant parking lot doesn't much matter, one way or the other.