PUEBLA, Mexico – The city of Puebla sits 28 miles (45 km) west of the Popocatepetl (“the smoking mountain”) volcano, the perfect metaphor for the bubbling enthusiasm growing at Volkswagen AG’s passenger-car plant here. The facility is in the throes of completing an $800 million transformation to production of the ’05 (A5) Jetta, a process that started in early December. Puebla begins production of VW Jetta. With 13,304 employees (9,547 blue-collar ranks), the Puebla plant will ...

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