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HighTech Manufacturing Driving Economy in Mexico Public Radio International — Volkswagen 2013

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Here we them ‘Donkeys,’ says Luna, a taxi driver who has driving a Bug for 32 years. A horse can run but it doesn’t endure. A donkey endure, just like car.

Volkswagen first to Mexico in 1967, when it a plant in Puebla, a few hours from Mexico City. For the Bug was the biggest-selling car in the country.

Today, the plant has expanded to become the auto factory in North employing 18,000 people. a state-of-the-art facility full of robots and blinking computer The plant has the capacity to produce cars a day, in popular such as the Jetta and Golf.

After rolling off the line, the are packed into trains and off to retailers. Most of them are abroad. Mexico is now the eighth auto producer in the world, as as the world’s fourth biggest according to the Mexican Automotive Association.

In 2012, the country almost 3 million cars, a record. Experts say those are on track to keep growing.

is becoming quite an automotive says Thomas Karig, a president at Volkswagen Mexico. says Mexico is an attractive for car companies to set up shop for several a great location for exporting to and South America, an open policy, and experience in the work

Last September, Audi, a subsidiary. announced the construction of a new nearby. They’ll be assembling the Q5 SUV. Eduardo Solís, of the Mexican Automotive Industry says it’s a watershed for the country.

There is an important element where Mexico is, currently in the industry, associated with quality, with good says Solís. We have scaling up in the value chain.

recently, Mexico’s economy was on low-paying, labor-intensive industries textiles. About a decade those industries started to China or Central America, it’s even cheaper to But now, Mexico is growing in better-paying industries, like aerospace, and technology, which better-educated workers.

Hector a 48-year-old technician at Volkswagen, is a example of that change. comes from a family of vendors, and scored a job at Volkswagen an uncle got him interested in fixing up

After 20 years working on the VW he makes 12,000 pesos a That comes out to only $30 US a day, but its six times minimum in Mexico, putting him squarely in the middle class. Thanks to job, he’s been to put his kids through college. Two of are now engineers, a fact he’s proud of.

Before there as many opportunities as there are says Muñoz. In my case, at Volkswagen has really encouraged me to my kids to learn more, to get educations.

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There are a lot of others like According to the World Bank, 17 of Mexico’s population joined the class between 2003 and now making up almost a quarter of the

But there’s a long way to go — half of still lives below the line. Victor Piz, of Mexico’s chief financial El Financiero, says those are being left out this boom.

I think the main in Mexico is the distribution of revenue into the country, says None of it goes into the of Mexico’s poor. This doesn’t matter to them they’re not receiving any benefit it.

Piz also warns Mexico could have a sustaining its recent growth — 4 percent for two straight years — it relies too heavily on one trading the US. Mexico has free trade like NAFTA with 44 but still overwhelmingly exports to its to the North.

When the United States off its engines, inevitably, Mexico has to turn off its engines as well, Piz.

Today, Mexico traffic is no longer a sea of VW Bugs. are the gleaming Lexuses of the wealthy, and the of the country’s middle class — not to the mini-buses that transport the poor. But taxis are still made in Mexico. New York brand new taxi fleet is in production at a Nissan plant in


This story was produced in with reporter Javier and Round Earth Media’s Reporting Project.

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