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VW puts high hopes on export with a new Bora station wagon for Mexico

Also sees opportunity markets in South East Asia

Wolfsburg. Troubled Volkswagen is looking for a cure abroad: the group is currently considering moving production of the new Bora Variant to its Puebla plant in Mexico.

The move would help reduce currency risks incurred on business within the dollar region. VW hopes the next generation of the station wagon, which will be available from 2007, will be especially attractive to fleet operators.

VW has dropped its plans to manufacture the Golf for the North American markets in Puebla.

VW boss Bernd Pischetsrieder told Automobilwoche that only CKD-assembly of the Golf might take place in Mexico. Sending 45,000 Golf V kits annually to the North American market should improve capacity use at VW's main Wolfsburg plant.

Part of VW's "ForMotion" austerity program is to examine in which foreign "opportunity markets" vehicle sales may be increased.

The team around Zeno Kerschbaumer, who is responsible for international sales, is researching sales opportunities in Russia, Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

In April, VW production boss Folker Weissgerber will discuss with executives from the company's joint venture in China the expansion of the manufacturing program and possible new export markets for Chinese-made VW models.

VW will, for sure, soon supply the Indonesian market with autos manufactured in China, sources say.

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