08 September 2011
Volkswagen Chattanooga Builds 10,000th Car
Chattanooga, Tenn. — Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations reached its first significant milestone today when Passat number 10,000 rolled off the line in the brand new Chattanooga manufacturing facility.
“A lot of hard work has gone into this milestone, and I’m very proud of our team for reaching the 10,000 cars produced mark while maintaining high quality,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chair of Volkswagen Chattanooga. The ramp-up process is on target for market introduction and our team is really hitting its stride,” Fischer said.
The 10,000th Passat built in Chattanooga is a white TDI clean diesel with a premium chrome package. The Passat has just earned the coveted Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK rating for 2011, the highest possible from the non-profit safety research organization.
On July 15, 2008, Volkswagen announced plans to produce a car designed specifically for the North American consumer at a production facility in Chattanooga, Tenn., investing $1 billion in the local economy. The Volkswagen Chattanooga team celebrated building the first customer car on April 18, 2011 and the plant officially opened on May 24, 2011.
This number includes pre-series cars, technical training cars, dealer experience cars and customer cars. The all-new 2012 Passat goes on sale in mid-September.
About Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations LLC
Volkswagen Group of America Inc. will invest $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and create more than 2,000 direct jobs in the region. According to independent studies, the new Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs related to the project. The Chattanooga plant will build a new midsize sedan specially designed for the North American market.