Volkswagen de México Exporting Taos SUVs to US

Ken Zino of AutoInformed.com Volkswagen de México begins exports of Taos to US 16 April 2021

The right product for the booming US SUV market, now with a stable Administration, which is thus far disinclined to start trade wars.

Volkswagen de México is now exporting to the US the new Taos, which is produced at the Puebla plant. Production of the compact Taos began in October 2020 for the Mexican market. In early February of this year, Volkswagen de México announced the start of manufacturing of the SUV for export markets – with the first shipment of production units now underway. (US, Mexican Volkswagen Plants to Link with Industrial Cloud)

Since its foundation, Volkswagen de Mexico has produced more than 13 million of vehicles. Currently, the Puebla Plant produces the Jetta, Tiguan LWB and Taos models; the Silao Plant produces the engines EA888 and EA211, which are integrated in the production of vehicles for the Volkswagen Brand and Audi, in North America.

In October 2020, the German carmaker’s maritime export network incorporated a new departure point for its units, with the first shipment of Jetta, Tiguan and Golf (it ceased production at the Puebla plant in February of this year) from the port of Lazaro Cardenas, in the State of Michoacán, also destined for the U.S. market.

With more products in foreign markets, and the expansion of its transportation routes, Volkswagen de México continues increase its position as an export center of light vehicles, and contributes to the Mexican automotive industry, which is the main economic activity that generates foreign currency for the country.

“Volkswagen de México completes one more goal in time, marking the success story of this SUV, despite the challenges in their manufacturing due to the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Dr. Susanne Lehmann, Director of Production for the North American Region of Volkswagen.

US Taos Line – destination on all models $1,195

Taos S starts at $22,995 MSRP in front-wheel drive and $25,040 for 4Motion AWD. It has standard 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels; LED headlights, Daytime Running Lights (DRLs), and taillights; push-button start; MIB infotainment with a 6.5-inch touchscreen and four-speaker sound system; Bluetooth® connectivity for compatible devices; two USB-C ports; automatic headlights; cloth seating; Volkswagen Digital Cockpit with 8-inch display; Car-Net with Wi-Fi capability (requires subscription); roof rails and side mirrors in black; and a rearview camera. All-wheel-drive models add heated front seats, heated side mirrors and heated windshield washer nozzles. Two options packages are available:

IQ.DRIVE S package costs $995 and includes Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking (Front Assist), Active Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Travel Assist, and Emergency buy klonopin from mexico Assist. The S Convenience Package is included with the IQ.DRIVE S package and includes High Beam Control (Light Assist), rain-sensing wipers, a heated leatherette-wrapped steering wheel, and leather-trimmed shifter.

Building from the S trim, the Taos SE starts at $27,245 for FWD, and $28,695 for 4Motion. Standard are 18-inch machined wheels; Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking (Front Assist); Blind Spot Monitor; 8-inch MIB3 infotainment with voice control and six-speaker sound system; wireless phone charging and wireless App-Connect for compatible devices; three USB-C ports; SiriusXM® satellite radio (three-month trial); combination leatherette and cloth seating; 8-way driver power seat with lumbar support; heated front seats; heated washer nozzles; multifunction steering wheel wrapped in leatherette; KESSY keyless access; remote start; privacy glass; silver roof rails; and body-colored heated side mirrors.

SE can be optioned with four available trim packages. The panoramic sunroof is $1,200 MSRP and 18-inch black wheels are $395. The $895 IQ.DRIVE SE package includes: Lane Keeping System (Lane Assist), Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Travel Assist, and Emergency Assist. The SE Convenience package is included with the IQ.DRIVE SE package and includes High Beam Control (Light Assist) rain-sensing wipers and a heated leatherette steering wheel.

SEL. The top-of-the-line SEL models are priced at $31, 490 for FWD or $33,045 for 4Motion. Building from the SE trim, standard are 18-inch black wheels on FWD models and 19-inch machined wheels on AWD models; LED headlights with the Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS); an illuminated grille; MIB3 infotainment system with navigation; Volkswagen Digital Cockpit Pro with 10.25-inch display; leather seating surfaces; ventilated front seats (AWD models only); BeatsAudio® 8-speaker premium sound system; 10-color ambient lighting; dual-zone Climatronic climate controls; auto-dimming rearview mirror; rain-sensing wipers; and heated leatherette-wrapped steering wheel. IQ.DRIVE comes standard, as does High Beam Control (Light Assist); and Dynamic Road Sign Display. The panoramic sunroof package ($1,200) is also available.

About Volkswagen de México
Volkswagen de México was founded in 1964. The Volkswagen Sedan began production at the Puebla plant in 1967, and was followed by Jetta, Beetle, Beetle Cabriolet, Golf, and Tiguan LWB. The headquarters and the vehicle and component plants of Volkswagen de México are located in Puebla, the capital of the federal state of the same name, 74 miles south east of Mexico City. A Volkswagen engine plant was opened in Silao in the central Mexican state of Guanajuato in January 2013.

The Volkswagen Group is represented in the Mexican market by six brands: Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, SEAT, Audi, Bentley and Porsche. In 2021, the Volkswagen Group was third in market share.

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