BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Germany’s Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) will invest $650 million in Argentina to modernize its operations, the governor of Buenos Aires province, where the carmaker has a factory, said on Friday.
The investment will go into Volkswagen’s automotive terminal in Pacheco, a town in the province, Argentina’s largest, that is governed by Maria Eugenia Vidal.
Vidal is part of business-friendly President Mauricio Macri’s coalition. Macri has been seeking investments since his allies won the five largest population centers in Argentina in last month’s midterm elections.
“We are breaking records, more than 780,000 cars sold today and, more importantly, a record for trucks, which means production is moving, construction is moving,” Macri said at the announcement after Vidal spoke.
The automaker, which plans to manufacture the first SUV in Argentina for the entire region, presented the global MQB A platform that will allow the production of new models.
Argentina’s car output climbed 15.9 percent year-on-year in October, to 43,854 units. It accumulated six consecutive months of growth compared to 2016, according to the Association of Automotive Factories.
Reporting by Walter Bianchi; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bernadette Baum