VW Chattanooga Plant Expansion Begins

Volkswagen is gearing up to produce its new midsize SUV.

“The all-new midsize SUV is a vital component in Volkswagen’s growth strategy for the U.S. market, meeting the demands of the customer and dealer network,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO, Volkswagen Group of America.

The German automaker announced construction has begun at its Chattanooga manufacturing facility to prepare for production on the new model that is targeting the new Honda Pilot as a three-row offering. The first phase of construction on the plant started in January 2015 and will continue for the next two years, the company said. In total 512,886 square feet will be added to the existing plant with the assembly, body and paint shops undergoing a major expansion to accommodate the new SUV production line.

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The expansion will also create 200 new engineering jobs at the facility. The Volkswagen Visitor Center, which will be located 18 miles from the factory in Downtown Chattanooga, is also in the planning stages. The new visitor center is expected to open in summer, 2016.

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