Username or Email Address
Do you already have an account?
Forgot your password?
  • Log in or Sign up

    VWVortex


    Links back to The Car Lounge (opens in same window)
    Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
    Results 71 to 84 of 84

    Thread: VW Puebla Factory Tours?

    1. 11-01-2010 05:18 AM #71
      (Is it better to bump an old thread, or post a new one and wait for the 'use the search' replies?)

      Anyhoo... I am headed to Puebla and just learned of the factory. Are tours still for insiders only? Are there any places a non-insider can visit (I read something about a gift shop)??

    2. Member
      Join Date
      Sep 16th, 2000
      Location
      Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
      Posts
      12,414
      Vehicles
      1994 Land Cruiser
      11-01-2010 07:03 AM #72
      Quote Originally Posted by puebla View Post
      Truth be told, most of us members on this website are Volkswagen owners or were Volkswagen owners, at one point or another. We are all grouped together as Volkswagen aficionados.
      Speak for your self.

      Quote Originally Posted by puebla View Post
      Any of us can travel to Mexico and visit the Puebla Volkswagen assembly plant for a long weekend and spend about $500 US dollars roundtrip. Try visiting Wolfsburg Germany for under $2000 US dollars.

      c) Bang for the buck, for a Volkswagen aficionado, Puebla Volkswagen assembly plant is a decent weekend designation. At the Puebla plant, over 30 different VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda models are built and assembled there. Also, 15 different Volkswagen trucks and buses are also built and assembled at the Puebla Volkswagen plant.

      I can get to Mexico for $500? Probably not. Besides for some of us Wollfsburg is closer (but not closer then Port Elisabeth).

    3. Geriatric Member VDub2625's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 3rd, 2003
      Location
      Fall River, MA
      Posts
      45,594
      Vehicles
      90 Jetta GLI 16v, 99.5 Cabrio Highline
      11-01-2010 10:02 AM #73
      I'm surprised it's closed... theSC BMW plant I went to was available for walk-ins (there were maybe 5-10 people in the museum at any time). Hell I drove around the grounds freely and found some cool ****:
      A2Resource
      .......

    4. Member masa8888's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 5th, 2003
      Location
      Reston VA
      Posts
      6,790
      Vehicles
      2014 VW Passat TSI 2013 VW Golf TDI
      11-01-2010 10:21 AM #74
      Going to Puebla next week. I'll have to see if we have time to do the tour.

    5. 11-15-2010 03:32 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by masa8888 View Post
      Going to Puebla next week. I'll have to see if we have time to do the tour.
      Enjoy Puebla, go to the downtown zocalo, and check out all the shops, then skip all the tourist traps and head straight to Acatcingo de Hidalgo, its 45 minutes from downtown Puebla, driving towards Orizaba. Great place to chill.


      Make sure you go to Tepeaca, at least once, and drink agua miel, drink pulque if you really got the stamina...... eat some good traditional homemade food, and check out a bullfight or two while you are in Puebla.


      PM me your email address.

      Enjoy.

    6. Member Live-Wire's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jun 9th, 2005
      Location
      Guelph Ontario
      Posts
      10,855
      Vehicles
      2008 BMW 335i
      05-06-2012 01:02 PM #76
      Quote Originally Posted by uncleho View Post
      I can appreciate somebody enjoying what is otherwise a museum/art gallery first than a factory. That would have me in awe, too. But as a MFG engineer and shareholder for some car companies... I would rather the egos stay in the boardrooms rather than the factory, because that is NOT where I want my money invested (i.e. Oak/birch plank flooring, massive waste of space, insane glazing architecture, innane machinery & equipment.)
      Pictures of the Dresden facility made it to the management level where I work (Tier 1 OEM supplier)... which is on a 'clean up the plant' kick (not a bad thing obviously!). They are all saying "now this is world class, how come we can't be anywhere close to this".... etc etc etc... That plant is beyond world class - that thing is a crown jewel model of what can be done when money is no object - far from the realities of just in time, lean running, and trying to get more life from your old equipment to save on capital investment.

      We're just shaking out heads and sighing... A money making factory will never look like Dresden... especially a money making parts facility. No one in the auto industry is giving Volkswagen any thanks for building that spectacle. It embarrasses any other car or parts plant and gives disillusioned managers with too much time on their hands an unachievable and unrealistic target to shoot for.

    7. Member pho's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 9th, 2007
      Location
      NAYARIT
      Posts
      1,965
      05-06-2012 01:05 PM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by masa8888 View Post
      Going to Puebla next week. I'll have to see if we have time to do the tour.
      Quote Originally Posted by murq View Post
      (Is it better to bump an old thread, or post a new one and wait for the 'use the search' replies?)


      Just did the VW factory tour, again.
      Crazy to see the latest edition Beetle being manufactured.

      No pics allowed though.


    8. Geriatric Member VDub2625's Avatar
      Join Date
      Jan 3rd, 2003
      Location
      Fall River, MA
      Posts
      45,594
      Vehicles
      90 Jetta GLI 16v, 99.5 Cabrio Highline
      05-06-2012 01:07 PM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by Live-Wire View Post
      We're just shaking out heads and sighing... A money making factory will never look like Dresden... especially a money making parts facility. No one in the auto industry is giving Volkswagen any thanks for building that spectacle. It embarrasses any other car or parts plant and gives disillusioned managers with too much time on their hands an unachievable and unrealistic target to shoot for.
      Sometimes, you just gotta show off... if that weren't the case, we'd never have the Veyron and the cachet it gave VW as a conglomerate.
      A2Resource
      .......

    9. 05-06-2012 01:29 PM #79
      Been to Puebla twice and never got a factory tour, lol

    10. Member
      Join Date
      Dec 31st, 2005
      Location
      SoCal
      Posts
      16,478
      Vehicles
      Corvette & SV650
      05-06-2012 01:43 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by Jman5000 View Post
      Quote, originally posted by drhavoc »
      so is the wooden Jig the body is on

      I wonder how much they pay the cyclists that keep that conveyor running?

      Their use of wood in the flooring and related supports goes back to the highly advanced Dresden Phaeton plant built in '02. That cars' success aside, the company learned a lot from that build process.

      The materials are better for the environment, as well as being more comfortable and "friendlier" to the employees.

      I know this because when I was a on an extensive personalized tour, I saw the same flooring in sections of the Wolfsburg plant and I asked our guide (a factory worker who worked his way to the "front office") why these materials were chosen.

      Is part of that friendliness making the facility quieter?
      Quote Originally Posted by apizzaparty View Post
      never thought once to use my lefty for the brake. sorry in my opinion it is dumb.

    11. Member pho's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 9th, 2007
      Location
      NAYARIT
      Posts
      1,965
      05-06-2012 01:57 PM #81
      Quote Originally Posted by CBJ View Post
      I can get to Mexico for $500? Probably not. Besides for some of us Wollfsburg is closer (but not closer then Port Elisabeth).
      Check: www.kayak.com, and www.volaris.com

      That's an interesting statement, I can fly from any US city, to Mexico City, for under $500, anytime of the year, except holidays. So with a $500 budget I had a whole lots of fun.

      I just flew on 01/15/12 from LAX to Mex City, for $220US, 8 week reservation (tax included).
      That left me with $280US to blow in only four days. omg.
      Believe you me, it was a tedious task to spend those $280US.

      Here are the reasons why:
      #1) Only buy items not found in the Continental USA, and, for a decent price.
      #2) Small enough to fit in my luggage. Gotta fly back, ya know.
      #3) Really good bang for the buck. Or, dirt cheap.
      #4) Repeat #1, and add: cannot be found at any USA Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes or Walmart.
      #5) Possibly a future investment opportunity??? Maybe bring to US, and sell for profits, eh?
      #6) Nothing illegal, pirated CDs, movies, etc. No more pirated stuffs.
      #7) No children, animals, or kidnap victims used in the manufacture of said products. Absolutely.

      I traveled:

      Day 1: $313 ($33 over budget)
      LAX > MEX > PUEBLA > VERACRUZ.
      Flight: $220 (Volaris.com)(kayak.com)
      Food : $8 (Street vendors)
      Bus1 : $12 (Estrella Roja)
      Taxi1: $3 (Misc taxi)
      Food: $9 (Street tacos + 2 beers)
      Bus2 : $21 (Estrella Roja)
      Hotel: $15 (La Sirena/Malecon)
      Gifts: $25

      Day 2: $50 ($10 under budget)
      VERACRUZ ALL DAY.
      Food: $8 (Eggs benedict/Tacos + beer/wine)
      Hotel: $15 (La Sirena/Malecon)
      Beer: $7 (splurged)
      Gifts: $20

      Day 3: $67 ($13 under budget)
      VERACRUZ > PUEBLA
      Bus3: $21 (Estrella Roja)
      Taxi2: $4 (Misc taxi)
      Food: $11 (Tacos + Beer)
      Hotel: $22 (splurged)
      Beer: $4 (6 pack)
      Gifts: $15

      Day 4: $48 ($10 under budget)
      Taxi3: $4 (Misc taxi)
      Food: $6 (Torta + Beer)
      Bus4: $12 (Estrella Roja)
      Beer: $7 (6 pack)
      Taxi4: $4 (Misc taxi)
      Gifts: $15


      $313 + $50 + $67 + $48 = $478 TOTAL.

      4 days, LAX > MEX CITY > PUEBLA > VERACRUZ > PUEBLA > MEX CITY: lots and lots of HARD liquor, beer, some great Cuban cigars, some jet lag, and I only spent >$500US. I used Interstate bus service the whole the whole time I was in Mexico. No rentals. 4 taxi rides, @ $3 a pop. Did not get robbed, raped, assaulted, kidnapped, harressed, etc.

    12. Member pho's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 9th, 2007
      Location
      NAYARIT
      Posts
      1,965
      08-07-2012 06:15 PM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by murq View Post
      (Is it better to bump an old thread, or post a new one and wait for the 'use the search' replies?)

      Anyhoo... I am headed to Puebla and just learned of the factory. Are tours still for insiders only? Are there any places a non-insider can visit (I read something about a gift shop)??


      Quote Originally Posted by vdubjb View Post
      Cant find any info on this. Anyone know if they offer tours? Gonna be down there in a few weeks.

      Resurrecting this thread for a fellow TCL member that is driving to Puebla, this week. Good luck.

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...a-TN-Puebla-MX

    13. Member pho's Avatar
      Join Date
      May 9th, 2007
      Location
      NAYARIT
      Posts
      1,965
      08-08-2013 09:38 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by vdubjb View Post
      so funny that this keeps getting bumped. I never got my tour, and the girl I met 3 years ago that was from there, finally answered my email last month, lol.




      Bumped again. Sorry. Just completed the VW Puebla tour, again.
      The only reason I am bumping this thread is because my landlord in Puebla is a VW plant executive, and he got me on the visitors list in under an hour. Inbox me if any aficionados are still interested. Consider this tour if you have previously scheduled business in, or around Mexico City.

    14. Member Dscot8r!2's Avatar
      Join Date
      Dec 18th, 2012
      Location
      Atl OTP
      Posts
      1,862
      Vehicles
      20th #105, '12 Beetle Turbo, '14 Tiguan R-Line
      08-09-2013 11:16 PM #84
      I know this is the anti VW lounge, but I think this would be a pretty cool thing to do.
      Lots and lots of money spent...

    Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

    Posting Permissions

    • You may not post new threads
    • You may not post replies
    • You may not post attachments
    • You may not edit your posts
    •