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.
Volkswagen Chattanooga announced today that its workforce has produced the 250,000th Passat midsized sedan. 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.
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.
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.
Source: VW USA.