Five years after picking Chattanooga for its only U.S. production plant, Volkswagen officials are ratcheting up talk about assembling a new sport utility vehicle for American motorists.
VW officials in Chattanooga are making a strong case for producing the new SUV, which the company wants to build in 2015.
"With VW's past success in every level [at the plant], from quality to positive economic impact, VW has no reason not to consider expanding its presence," said Karl Brauer, Kelley Blue Books' senior director of insights.
VW Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn last week told the carmaker's dealer network the company is committed to selling a seven-seat SUV in the U.S., according to Automotive News. Winterkorn said VW needs to take initiative in that key market segment.
Tuesday, December 3 2013 8:22 PM EST2013-12-04 01:22:22 GMT
The son and brother, respectively, of Knoxville natives Tina Wesson and Katie Collins, the mother and daughter More >>
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Wednesday, December 4 2013 8:30 AM EST2013-12-04 13:30:43 GMT
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Wednesday, December 4 2013 9:52 AM EST2013-12-04 14:52:39 GMT
A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was More >>
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Wednesday, December 4 2013 2:04 PM EST2013-12-04 19:04:37 GMT
Murfreesboro police officers are on the scene where they say a mobile meth lab has been found inside a backpack.A Zaxby's employee found the backpack near a trash can. The restaurant on Old Fort ParkwayMore >>
Murfreesboro police officers are on the scene where they say a mobile meth lab has been found inside a backpack.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 11:45 AM EST2013-12-04 16:45:17 GMT
The eastbound lanes of I-24 are closed after a crash south of Murfreesboro.The crash happened near mile marker 92 around 5 a.m. Wednesday.More >>
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The plan for a new baseball stadium in Nashville may be a home run, despite a complication that could have threatened the vote. At one point during Tuesday night's meeting, nearly two dozen citizens spokeMore >>
The plan for a new baseball stadium in Nashville may be a home run, despite a complication that could have threatened the vote.More >>