Production drive

Volkswagen has announced plans to build an automotive production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it will produce a car designed specifically for the North American market.


Volkswagen is to build an automotive production facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it will produce a car designed specifically for the North American market and invest $1bn in the economy.



‘We will be selling 800,000 Volkswagens in the US by 2018 and this new site will play a key role,’ said Prof Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen.


He added: ‘This, along with our growth strategy, is a prerequisite for the economic success of the company in the dollar region. We look forward to establishing an important mainstay for ourselves when we become the biggest European carmaker there.’



The company will build the 1,350-acre facility in the EnterpriseSouthIndustrial Park, located 12 miles north east of Chattanooga.


Initial production capacity for the facility is anticipated to be 150,000 vehicles, including a new midsize sedan designed for the North American market. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2011.



Volkswagen expects to bring around 2,000 direct jobs to the Chattanooga area and add a significant number of jobs in related sectors.