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SAN JOSE CHIAPA, Mexico, Sept 30 German car
maker Audi inaugurated on Friday a new plant in
Mexico, where it will build the new Audi Q5 SUV.
The factory near to the central city of Puebla will have a
production capacity of 150,000 cars a year, the company said.
The company will manufacture conventional gasoline-powered
versions of the SUV, and will later roll out greener models.
"We will bring electricity and electrified versions (of the
Q5 SUV) here to Mexico," Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert
Stadler said in a press briefing following the inauguration.
"I'm talking about the plug-in hybrid in the first stage,"
Reuters reported in June that Audi, Volkswagen's
luxury car brand, would make an electric version of the Q5 at
Earlier on Friday, Audi said in a statement that the new
Mexican factory "will probably soon build an SUV that can drive
in electric mode."
(Reporting by Luis Rojas; Editing by Sandra Maler)