Volkswagen adding more jobs to Chattanooga plant to increase Passat output

The new 2012 Volkswagen Passat is becoming a very strong seller for the German brand here in the United States – so-much-so that V-dub Group of America will be adding 800 jobs at its Tennessee plant in Chattanooga to boost sales of the sedan.

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The move will bring the workforce at Chattanooga to 3,500 by the end of the year and will push V-dub closer to its new goal of building more than 170,000 units of the Passat by 2013. VW previously planned to build 150,000 by that same year.

The new jobs will allow the Chattanooga plant to operate 10 hours a day, 6-days a week and help increase output from the current rate.

‘We’re adding a third team at this plant for a simple reason,” said Jonathan Browning, CEO of VW Group of America. “Customers want to buy Passats.”

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoNews