Volkswagen Plans to add SUV line to Its Existing Plant in Tennessee
Six years have passed since Volkswagen first moved into Chattanooga, Tenn. The auto manufacturer will today begin a new chapter as it gears up to manufacture a new vehicle that will create approximately 2,000 more jobs and will add an investment of added $600 million to the already existent plant there.
VW's chief executive Martin Winterkorn, said on Monday, "It will be a true American car," while speaking about the new seven-seater sport utility vehicle which the motor company will be assembling in Chattanooga. He added, "It will be big, attractive and have lots of high-tech [equipment] on board."
An additional 200 engineering related jobs will find scope on top of the 1,800 extra assembly workers, who will come to a new North American research, development and planning centre which VW will establish here.
At a news conference in Wolfsburg, Germany, the VW's headquarters, Winterkorn said, "We'll be strengthening our development skills and expertise in the region. We're listening to American drivers."
The SUV will be reward whose economic benefits whether direct and indirect is expected to impact hundreds of millions of dollars every year once the process of production begins.
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