MEXICO CITY -- Volkswagen AG's Mexico plant began assembling two new truck models on Tuesday, Oct. 12, a move that will extend the car maker's range of trucks produced in Mexico to four different models.
Volkswagen, Europe's largest car maker, said in a statement it hoped to be turning out five units per day by 2005 of the new 17-ton and 23-ton, 250-horsepower trucks.
Volkswagen's plant in Puebla, Mexico, is the only one in the world producing the car maker's popular 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.
Volkswagen said it would put the new trucks on show in the Mexican city of Guadalajara in mid-November.