Volkswagen Chattanooga achieved its first significant production milestone of 2012 this week – completion of its 50,000th Passat. It was announced Tuesday, Feb. 7.
“An incredible amount of care goes into each vehicle we produce in Chattanooga,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chair of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Producing 50,000 cars at this level of quality is a huge accomplishment for our team.”
The vehicle was a fully loaded white 2.5 liter, 170 horsepower Passat SE.[ Also Read: Lexus in Top Gear to Launch the All-New GS ]
The 50,000 vehicles include US customer deliveries as well as pre-series cars, technical training cars, dealer experience cars and exported cars to Mexico and Canada.
The Volkswagen Chattanooga team celebrated completion of the first customer car on April 18, 2011 and the plant officially opened on May 24, 2011. 2012 marks the first full calendar year of factory production at the Chattanooga plant.
Volkswagen announced last week that an additional 200 jobs would be created at its Tennessee manufacturing facility in addition to the 2,500 person workforce it currently employs.
It is stated that Volkswagen will invest $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and create more than 2,500 direct jobs in the region.[ Visit the ultimate destination for global tech trends and news – RMN Digital – where technology gets simplified. ]
According to the company, the Chattanooga manufacturing facility is the world’s first automotive manufacturer to receive platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program.
The facility produces the all-new 2012 Passat sedan, specially designed for the North American market.