MEXICO CITY -- Volkswagen AG's Mexico plant began assembling two new truck models on Tuesday, a move that will extend the carmaker's range of trucks produced in Mexico to four different models.
Germany's Volkswagen said in a statement that it hoped to be turning out five units per day by 2005 of the new 17 and 23-ton, 250-hp trucks.
Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico, is the only one in the world producing the car maker's New Beetle, having for years churned out the Jetta, Cabrio and original Beetle models.
Mexico is the world's 10th-largest producer of cars, but the sluggish global economy has hit sales at the VW plant in recent years.
VW said it display the new trucks in the Mexican city of Guadalajara in mid-November.