At about 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, a red GTI rolled out of the “Segmento Poniente” assembly line at the VW de México plant in the city of Puebla.
This particular unit came equipped with the DSG dual clutch transmission. It was unique – the very last VW Golf made in Mexico. Even though Golf production for the U.S. market ended last month, the automaker carried on building it for other markets for one more month.
This last Golf built will be auctioned for the benefit of the “Por Amor a Mexico” social responsibility program from VW.
Volkswagen’s history at Puebla
The VW Puebla plant started production in October 1967, and currently boasts a workforce of approximately 13,000 people. In 2020, the VW plant in Puebla Mexico produced 298,972 units for export and for the Mexican market.
Although the Golf no longer rolls off the line, the plant is still plenty busy. VW currently builds the Jetta, Tiguan and Taos; Taos production started last year alongside the Golf. The assembly line where the Golf was produced will now be fully dedicated to the new Taos SUV.
VW Golf production in Mexico totaled more than 2 million units in 44 years and started in 1977 even though the first generation (MK1) of this model was sold under the “Caribe” nameplate in Mexico.
Golf was a big seller
Not selling the first-generation Golf under the global name was not unique to the Mexican version. It sold in the U.S. under the “Rabbit” nameplate and from 1979 to 1984. It was built in the ill-fated plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, and it even spawned a pickup version. The U.S. plant also produced the MK2 Golf, under the appropriate name.
All seven generations of the Golf have been built in Mexico. However, for the 5th and 6th generation the station wagon and Cabrio body styles were the only ones produced in the Puebla plant.
This end of production for the VW Golf in Mexico, does not necessarily mean that this model will no longer be sold in the North American market, it just means that the next generation of this model will be manufactured somewhere else.
VW launched the next generation Golf in Europe. The sportier Golf GTI and Golf R models come to the U.S. for the 2022 model year.
VW de México coined the hashtag “Hasta la vista Golf” (see you later, Golf) for social media. This seems to be a more appropriate farewell than “Adiós Golf” (goodbye, Golf).