Volkswagen Adding Jobs in Tennessee to Built More Passats

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The North American launch of the 2012 VW Passat was clearly a big success story for the German automaker. For this year, they’ve even had to resort to hiring 800 extra workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee in order to boost production of the sedan model.
Following this move, the total workforce in Chattanooga increase to 3,500 by the end of the year, helping the Germans on their way to achieving their sales target of doubling sales by 2018.

By 2013, Volkswagen hopes to make more than 170,000 Passats annually in Chattanooga, according to the new schedule. Chattanooga opened just last year, marking VW’s return to US production.

We're adding a third team at this plant for a simple reason," said Jonathan Browning, CEO of VW Group of America, according to Automotive News. "Customers want to buy Passats."

By 2018, the Volkswagen brand hopes to increase its own US sales to 800,000. Last year their figures showed a 26 percent increase to 324,402 vehicles.
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