Volkswagen recently celebrated a fairly impressive milestone with their current eighth generation Passat. Just a little over two years after the first Passat rolled off the assembly line in Chattanooga, TN, Volkswagen celebrated producing their 250,000th eighth generation Passat ever.
The model numbered at 250,000 was a Passat TDI painted in color referred to as Night Blue and came optioned with a black leather interior, sat-nav with Volkswagen’s Fender-sourced sound system, a sunroof and 18-inch alloys.
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“Two years ago our team members had just learned to build cars,” said Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagen’s division in Chattanooga. “Today we celebrate a quarter of a million Volkswagen Passats from Chattanooga. I am very proud of this team.”
As per usual, check out the full press release after the jump.
VOLKSWAGEN CHATTANOOGA BUILDS 250,000th PASSAT SEDAN
Chattanooga, Tenn., 05.23.2013 – Volkswagen Chattanooga announced today that its workforce has produced the 250,000th Passat midsized sedan.
The car, produced in Volkswagen’s LEED Platinum-certified factory, is Night Blue with black leather interior. It is powered by Volkswagen’s high-mileage TDI clean-diesel engine and features navigation, a sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also offers the amazing sonic experience provided by the Volkswagen Fender premium audio system.
“Two years ago our team members had just learned to build cars,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Today we celebrate a quarter of a million Volkswagen Passats from Chattanooga. I am very proud of this team.”
The Volkswagen Chattanooga team celebrated completion of the first customer car on April 18, 2011, and the 100,000th on May 31, 2012. The 250,000 milestone sedan was celebrated with the nearly 2,700 team members during a meeting this week.
About Volkswagen Chattanooga
Volkswagen has invested $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and has created more than 5,000 jobs in the region. According to independent studies, the Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs related to its investment. The Chattanooga manufacturing facility builds the Passat Sedan, specifically designed for the North American market and winner of the Motor Trend magazine 2012 Car of the Year award. In 2012, it produced more than 152,400 Volkswagen Passats. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first and still only car factory worldwide with a LEED Platinum certification. It is also certified according to ISO 9001 for its quality management system, according to ISO 14001 for its environmental management system and according to ISO 50001 for its energy management system.
– By: Chris Chin