Chattanooga, Tennessee – Volkswagen has inaugurated its new plant in Tennessee, which will produce up to 150,000 vehicles per year.

“The Volkswagen Group has finally arrived as a local manufacturer in the United States,” said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, chairman of the board of management of Volkswagen. “We are proud to be part of this great automobile nation as a producer, an employer, and as a friend and good neighbour to people in the region.”

Construction on the plant started in 2009 and represents an investment of about US$1 billion. It includes a body shop, paint shop, assembly facility, technical testing centre, employee training centre and supplier park for eight companies.

The plant will initially produce the new Passat for the North American market. Volkswagen has a target of selling more than one million vehicles a year in the U.S. by 2018.

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