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Volkswagen Rolls Out the 500,000th Passat at Its Chattanooga Facility

Volkswagen Group of America began production in Chattanooga four years ago, but currently the plant is assembling the new VW Passat.
VW Passat Chattanooga 1 photo
A milestone was bound to be reached sooner or later, and it finally happened as Volkswagen Chattanooga built their 500,000th Passat.

“Our Passat has raised the bar on what Americans can expect from a mid-size sedan and the 500,000th car was built with the same passion for detail as the first,” said Christian Koch, President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “I’m proud of our team and excited about new products on the horizon in this factory,” he added.

The 500,000th VW Passat is a Candy White Limited Edition, with black interior, keyless access with push-button start and a rearview camera along with heated seats. Under the sedan's hood rests a 170 horsepower 1.8-liter turbo engine while the outside appearance is enhanced by the 17-inch alloy ‘Sonoma’ wheels.

Coming back to the Chattanooga plant, VW announced last year in July, that the facility would build a new seven-seater midsize SUV, in parallel with the Passat.

This is also the reason why the factory is currently undertaking a $900 million expansion, which will also add 2,000 jobs.

It certainly looks like the demand for the new Passat in the US is reaching high ground, after in Europe the sedan is one of the best-sold vehicles in its segment.

You could also argue that Wolfsburg's sedan is now playing in a niche of its own, somewhere between the mainstream and the premium areas of the segment. Our review of the new 2015 VW Passat will tell you more about the car.

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