Audi opens Mexico plant to make Q5 SUV

An Audi logo is seen at the Mondial de l'Automobile, Paris auto show, during media day in Paris, France, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

SAN JOSE CHIAPA, Mexico (Reuters) - German car maker Audi NSUG.DE inaugurated on Friday a new plant in Mexico, where it will build the new Audi Q5 SUV.

The factory near to the central city of Puebla will have a production capacity of 150,000 cars a year, the company said.

The company will manufacture conventional gasoline-powered versions of the SUV, and will later roll out greener models.

“We will bring electricity and electrified versions (of the Q5 SUV) here to Mexico,” Audi Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler said in a press briefing following the inauguration.

“I’m talking about the plug-in hybrid in the first stage,” he said.

Reuters reported in June that Audi, Volkswagen's VOWG_p.DE luxury car brand, would make an electric version of the Q5 at the plant.

Earlier on Friday, Audi said in a statement that the new Mexican factory “will probably soon build an SUV that can drive in electric mode.”

Reporting by Luis Rojas; Editing by Sandra Maler