Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Plant Receives LEED Platinum Award

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga Plant Receives LEED Platinum Award
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Volkswagen‘s Chattanooga manufacturing plant has become the first and only automotive manufacturing facility in the world to receive a Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). From the onset, Volkswagen had designed their Chattanooga plant, where their popular Passat is produced, to be as green as… Continue Reading...

Infiniti Donates Powerful QX56 Engine For Luxury Boat Project

Infiniti Donates Powerful QX56 Engine For Luxury Boat Project
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  Infiniti has embarked on a one-off project, donating a 5.6-liter 400-hp engine from the full-size Qx56, to help students from a local community college build a luxurious boat. Infiniti engineers are working with a team of automotive technical training program students from Tennessee Technical Center-Nashville and Nashville State Community College on the project. The… Continue Reading...

Nissan To Make Leaf Electric Motors In The U.S

Nissan To Make Leaf Electric Motors In The U.S
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Nissan has confirmed today, that starting in early 2013, the electric motor for the Nissan Leaf will be produced at the Decherd, Tennessee powertrain assembly plant. Prepping the plant for the electric motor production has been facilitated by U.S Department of Energy Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Incentive Program loan funds. The Leaf motor will also create… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Inaugurates New Factory In Tennessee

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Volkswagen Inaugurates New Factory In Tennessee
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Volkswagen finally opened up their new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which will employ 2,000 Americans and build up to 150,000 vehicles per year. VW Chairman Dr. Martin Winterkorn and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood were present to inaugurate the factory, as well as the governor of Tennessee and the Germany’s ambassador to the United States…. Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Builds First Customer Car At Tennessee Plant

Volkswagen Builds First Customer Car At Tennessee Plant
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Volkswagen‘s new Chattanooga, Tennessee plant built its first car destined for a customer Wednesday, a dark Blue Passat 2.5L equipped with an automatic transmission. The plant should reach full capacity in 2012, at which point it will produce 150,000 Passats annually. Volkswagen says that the plant will generate $12 billion in economic growth for the region,… Continue Reading...

Nissan Struggling to Meet Demand for the Leaf

Nissan Struggling to Meet Demand for the Leaf
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Nissan‘s Leaf electric car has been in such high demand that the company is struggling to build them fast enough. It’s stopped taking new orders just to fulfill its current demand. Out of 27,000 total orders so far from the United States, Japan, and Europe, it has only completed 10,000. The remaining 17,000 will be… Continue Reading...

GM to Invest $483 Million, Add 483 New Jobs at Spring Hill Powertrain Plant

GM to Invest $483 Million, Add 483 New Jobs at Spring Hill Powertrain Plant
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According to Mark Reuss; GM North America President ” the engines made in Spring Hill will drive the success of GM to meet our customer demands for advanced powertrains which offer high fuel economy without sacrificing performance.” Continue Reading...

Report: Volkswagen Passat Likely to Bow-Out When New Sedan Arrives in 2011

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Report: Volkswagen Passat Likely to Bow-Out When New Sedan Arrives in 2011
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When Volkswagen’s new mid-sized sedan arrives in 2011, there is a strong possibility that it will replace, rather than join the Passat, in the German automaker’s lineup. VW Group of America CEO Stefan Jacoby has said that the company is currently studying whether or not to keep the Passat, but all evidence points to its… Continue Reading...

Tokyo Preview: Nissan Leaf Electric Car Will Gets Its Auto Show Time in the Spotlight

Tokyo Preview: Nissan Leaf Electric Car Will Gets Its Auto Show Time in the Spotlight
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While news and photos of the Nissan Leaf have been around for several months now, the electric car will get its official debut at the Tokyo Auto Show on October 21st. Nissan describes its functional five-door, five-seater compact hatchback as having a “high-performance, zero-emission” powertrain. Output from the lithium-ion battery packs is rated at 80kW/280Nm,… Continue Reading...

Breaking: Nissan LEAF Electric Car Priced from $25,000

Breaking: Nissan LEAF Electric Car Priced from $25,000
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The fully-electric Nissan LEAF, which is set to go on sale in the U.S. next year, will be priced from $25,000 to $33,000. Word comes from Nissan North America product VP Larry Dominique. “Competitive pricing is going to allow mass-market appeal, which is going to set Nissan apart,” said Dominique, commenting that the LEAF will… Continue Reading...

Report: Nissan Bringing LEAF EV to Five U.S. Markets First

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Report: Nissan Bringing LEAF EV to Five U.S. Markets First
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Before sales of Nissan’s new electric car go full-tilt in the U.S., the Japanese automaker will start with 5,000 units in five different markets. The targeted areas include the Phoenix-Tucson region of Arizona, Oregon, San Diego, Seattle and Tennessee. Nissan’s product planning boss Mark Perry says that this is just the first step in a… Continue Reading...

Breaking: Nissan Launches ‘LEAF’ Electric Car

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Breaking: Nissan Launches ‘LEAF’ Electric Car
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Nissan has just unveiled a new zero emissions vehicle that is slated to go on sale in Japan, Europe and the United States next year. Called the LEAF, this C-segment (sub-compact) car is powered by an electric motor and lithium-ion battery packs. Nissan says it will be able to drive 100 miles on a single… Continue Reading...

Report: Nissan to Debut Three Electric Cars in August

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Report: Nissan to Debut Three Electric Cars in August
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Nissan is preparing to debut three electric vehicles on August 2nd, one of which is expected to be a made-in-the-USA crossover. Nissan has already said that it plans to build an electric car at its Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant in the near future. According to the usually-reliable folks at Japan’s BestCar magazine, the crossover… Continue Reading...

Nissan to Build Electric Cars in the U.S.

Nissan to Build Electric Cars in the U.S.
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A U.S. government initiative that would see low-interest loans granted to automakers who build environmentally-friendly cars in the U.S. appears to have one taker – Nissan. The Japanese automaker will spend anywhere from $500 million to $1 billion to update its Smyrna, Tennessee plant to build a green car and produce lithium-ion batteries. While no… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Planning Assault on Toyota With Camry and Highlander Competitors

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Volkswagen Planning Assault on Toyota With Camry and Highlander Competitors
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We’ve known for some time now that Volkswagen is planning to build a new mid-size sedan, but as details of the German automaker’s future product lineup emerge, it appears as though VW isn’t just interest in taking on the Camry, but the entire Toyota lineup. Volkswagen has the potential to overtake Toyota as the world’s… Continue Reading...

Secret New Volkswagen Sedan Coming in 2012

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Secret New Volkswagen Sedan Coming in 2012
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In an exclusive interview with Automotive News, Volkswagen North America CEO Stefan Jacoby let slip precious few details about the secret new sedan that is slated for production. But he did admit its existence, even saying that the final design of the vehicle had been agreed upon in just the past few weeks in Wolfsburg. Whether… Continue Reading...