In response to pressure from the downward Dollar exchange rate impacting on Volkswagen exports to the USA, "Volkswagen Manufacturing Corporation of America" is established to set up production in the United States. The new subsidiary acquires a press shop in South Charleston, West Virginia and an assembly plant in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania. Production of the Golf for the North American market begins there in April 1978. Engines and gearboxes come from Germany, rear axles and radiators from Volkswagen de Mexico and the remaining parts chiefly from the US automotive supplier industry. The new production company merges on July 31, 1978 with Volkswagen of America, Inc. Corporate headquarters move from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey to Warren, Michigan. Following the introduction of two-shift production in 1979, the Westmoreland plant with its workforce of 9,102 reaches the production target of 1,000 vehicles per day.
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