The second blog post in this series focused on production volume forecasts for General Motors, Honda Group and Mazda Motors based on an examination of LMC’s productive vehicle data. The final post in the series will focus on three additional manufacturers: Renault-Nissan Group, Toyota Group and Volkswagen Group. Click here for the first post in the series.

Renault-Nissan Group

As was mentioned earlier, Nissan built its newest plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico, where it will also build cars for Mercedes in the future; for the time being, the sole model being produced is the Sentra sedan. Only 3,000 units were built last year, but the number will quickly escalate to 274,000 units in 2016 with the Infiniti Q30 expected to join its Nissan sibling in mid-2015. With such a large amount of additional capacity, the company’s total production volume is expected to grow by 12% between 2013 and 2016.



Toyota Group

Toyota builds the vast majority of its U.S. models in North America and is highly regarded for its expertise in the manufacturing process. Last year, the company announced that it will begin building its Lexus ES 350 sedan in Georgetown, Kentucky after investing $360 million in its existing manufacturing operation there. While output will begin at only 10,000 units in 2015, it will increase sharply to 90,000 the next year. Interestingly, Toyota will also be adding another model to its product lineup, but it won’t be the one manufacturing it. Mazda will build a model based on its Mazda 2 for Toyota at its new Salamanca, Mexico plant, which has allocated capacity of 50,000 units to the car. Production will begin at 19,000 units in 2015 before rising to 47,000 units in 2016. The automaker will also add its Prius hybrid car to the assembly line at its Tupelo, Mississippi plant in 2015, where volume will grow by 69% in three years to reach 269,000 units in 2016. All said, the changes will contribute greatly to the company’s production growth as its volume will climb 20% between 2013 and 2016.



Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen’s seventh-generation Golf began production earlier this year at the company’s Puebla, Mexico facility after previous generations alternated between Germany and Mexico. With the new Golf being built in Puebla, the plant’s output is expected to reach 683,000 units by 2016, which is a 32% increase from 2013 and should greatly help profit margins of the relatively cheap model.  With regards to luxury brand Audi, after much debate over where to establish the company’s first North American manufacturing operation, Audi opted to build its own facility in San Jose Chiapa, Mexico as opposed to joining its Volkswagen sibling in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Construction began in mid-2013 on the new assembly plant that will be home to the next-generation Audi Q5, which is currently imported from Germany. Once the facility is fully operational in 2016, over 70,000 units of the Q5 will roll off the line that year, which will move Volkswagen Group’s volume past the 900,000 units mark in 2016, amounting to a 38% increase.