Volkswagen building new port facility in Texas
Will import vehicles from Europe and Mexico
FREEPORT, Texas (WDEF) – If it’s not built here in Chattanooga, new Volkswagen vehicles may just come through Texas in the near future.
Volkswagen Group of America has announced a new shipping facility at Port Freeport in Texas, just below Houston.
The new facility will become their Gulf Coast hub, importing 140,000 vehicles a year. Some will come from Europe but most will be built at the VW plant in Mexico.
From there, Volkswagen will ship them directly to 300 retail dealers across the country.
Right now VW uses 8 different port facilities to service more than 1,000 dealerships across the country.
They new facility will allow low-emission LNG ships which will help the company meet their environmental footprint goals.
The company hopes to begin construction later this year with an eye to opening it in 2024.
“Moving Volkswagen Group of America’s major Gulf Coast hub to Port Freeport is part of our network and growth strategy for the United States”, said Anu Goel, Executive Vice President, Group After Sales & Services, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. “We’re continuously working to optimize the business and environmental impact of our logistics operations. Our new hub at Port Freeport will allow us to serve nearly one-third of our U.S. dealer network more efficiently and more sustainably. We couldn’t be more excited to work with Port Freeport and developer KDC on this next chapter.”