Volkswagen announces a new vehicle for the Chattanooga plant
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Volkswagen Chattanooga will build the company’s new SUV.
It will be a five passenger SUV based on the seven passenger Atlas, already in production at the Chattanooga plant.
They will unveil a concept version of the vehicle at the New York International Auto Show in ten days.
“The Atlas has built strong momentum for Volkswagen in the SUV segment, and we are excited to grow our SUV portfolio with this new, Chattanooga-assembled fire-passenger SUV” said VW Group of America President and CEO Hinrich J. Woebcken.
Volkswagen is investing about $340 million on top of the $900 million already invested in the plant for the Atlas production.
The new SUV will be the third model made at the Chattanooga plant.
It comes as demand for the original Passat sedan is declining.
For the first time, the plant is pausing Passat production at the plant for two weeks this spring.
Volkswagen is expected to introduce a new version of the Passat next year, that would be built on the same MQB platform as the SUVs.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam was on hand for the announcement today.
“During my time as governor, I’ve watched Volkswagen Chattanooga flourish from a single vehicle producer, starting with the Passat, into what it is today-a thriving U.S. manufacturing operation that can produce three models and county.”
Here is the new Volkswagen SUV. pic.twitter.com/Rkg0I9JBCI
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