In 2008, Volkswagen announced that it will build a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, months before the U.S. economy crashed. However, Volkswagen was smart enough to continue the project and will now be taking advantage of the recovery and the increase in U.S. auto demand.
The German automaker today, along with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, inaugurated the new plant in the United States. The plant, which will employ over 2,000 employees will produce up to 150,000 vehicles a year.
“The Volkswagen Group has finally arrived as a local manufacturer in the United States,” said CEO Martin Winterkorn. “We are proud to be part of this great automobile nation as a producer, an employer and as a friend and good neighbor to people in the region.”
Volkswagen is investing about one billion US dollars in the development of the facility at Chattanooga, which will be among the world’s most advanced and environmentally compatible automobile plants, the automaker said. The manufacturing depth for the Passat produced here will be of the order of 85 percent.
– By: Omar Rana