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.
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"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)