Volkswagen's Chattanooga Plant Produces Its 100,000th US Passat
Now, VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant has built its 100,000th Passat, a “Night Blue Metallic” car, fitted with the group’s trusty 2.0-liter TDI engine, in SEL Premium trim. As usual, somebody made a statement, but this time it was the President and CEO of VW America, Jonathan Browning, who went on to say: “Producing 100,000 Passats so soon after the vehicle went on sale in September 2011 is a testament to all the hard work that has gone into making our LEED-certified Chattanooga plant and the Passat such a success, both here and abroad.”
Even the old Euro-spec Passat sold well in the US, so this car designed specifically for the North American buyer has been a real hit, by being simple, quite affordable for what it is. We’re genuinely happy that with this car, VW are pushing their diesel technology into the US, and it seems people really appreciate its “better than promised” fuel economy - something hybrids, for instance, never offer.