VW Chattanooga plant readying to build a new SUV, redesigned Passat
Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant is getting ready to begin “in eight months or so” production of a new five-seat SUV based off the Atlas, as well as a redesigned Passat. It will be the first full-fledged remake of the sedan since its production began in Chattanooga in 2011, chief executive Antonio Pinto, revealed to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in recent days.
“It has been a busy 11 months on the job for Pinto,” said the paper about the official, who came to Chattanooga to lead the plant after serving as vice president of production at VW’s Puebla facility in Mexico. The Tennessee plant is still making production and process improvements related to the seven-seat Atlas SUV that went on sale last year.
Last week the company celebrated the 10th anniversary of the day that civic and government officials gathered with Volkswagen executives to announce the decision to build the assembly facility in Chattanooga.
Volkswagen said this decision resulted an initial investment of approximately US$ 1 billion in Chattanooga, and the commitment to hire 2000 team members. Over the past 10 years, this investment has grown to more than US$ 2.3 billion, resulting in 3,500 jobs and the assembly of nearly 800,000 vehicles to date.