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Volkswagen has broken ground on an $800 million expansion of their plant in Chattanooga, TN.  The expansion is for additional capacity to build electric vehicles for North America. The body shop will increase by 564,000 square feet and a new 198,000 square foot battery assembly center will be constructed. Overall the expansion will add about 1,000 permanent jobs. Production of a long range vehicle, the ID. Crozz / ID. 4 is expected to begin in the expanded plant in 2022.

Chattanooga currently builds the Passat, Atlas, and Atlas Cross Sport. 


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EXCITEMENT! :metal:

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Good.  If VW were really smart, they would stop building cars and CUVs in Germany and build them all here instead.

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Dieselgate turned a lot of people away from VW for good. Buddy of mine was a VW Golf diesel fanatic, but when that hit and they put the owners through hell to buy them back or keep with a payback he took the lose traded it for a Rover Evoque and didn't look back. VW sales are still pretty abysmal comparatively ever since, they need to just keep the majority of their production in Europe, where they thrive. Their US bread and butter SUV only sold just under 60K units in first full year and second year in production, 2019 is looking the same as 2018 66K through Oct. 2019.  

 
Volkswagen
Atlas
2018 59.677
2017 27.119
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On 11/14/2019 at 5:38 PM, USA-1 said:

Dieselgate turned a lot of people away from VW for good. Buddy of mine was a VW Golf diesel fanatic, but when that hit and they put the owners through hell to buy them back or keep with a payback he took the lose traded it for a Rover Evoque and didn't look back.

LOL what kind of numbnuts does that?  Range Rover is junk in its purest form.  He should have stuck with what works.

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5 hours ago, ocnblu said:

LOL what kind of numbnuts does that?  Range Rover is junk in its purest form.  He should have stuck with what works.

Oh I know and I told him Rovers are not reliable at all. It was that or the GLA and the Mercedes dealer sales guy screwed around too long. He's in the medical field in ATL and not a car guy.

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On 11/14/2019 at 4:38 PM, USA-1 said:

Dieselgate turned a lot of people away from VW for good. Buddy of mine was a VW Golf diesel fanatic, but when that hit and they put the owners through hell to buy them back or keep with a payback he took the lose traded it for a Rover Evoque and didn't look back. VW sales are still pretty abysmal comparatively ever since, they need to just keep the majority of their production in Europe, where they thrive. Their US bread and butter SUV only sold just under 60K units in first full year and second year in production, 2019 is looking the same as 2018 66K through Oct. 2019.  

 
Volkswagen
Atlas
2018 59.677
2017 27.119

for VW though, the Atlas is part of what is kept them from circling the sewer in the US.

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38 minutes ago, regfootball said:

for VW though, the Atlas is part of what is kept them from circling the sewer in the US.

Well, we know they're not expanding Chattanooga for the Atlas because it's not selling all that well and Passat is nearly non-existent with sales in the crapper here.

It's obviously just for their EV platform ID.x and battery packs they're going to manufacture there as well.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/15/volkswagen-ev-factory-in-chattanooga-will-include-battery-pack-manufacturing/

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5 hours ago, USA-1 said:

Well, we know they're not expanding Chattanooga for the Atlas because it's not selling all that well and Passat is nearly non-existent with sales in the crapper here.

It's obviously just for their EV platform ID.x and battery packs they're going to manufacture there as well.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/11/15/volkswagen-ev-factory-in-chattanooga-will-include-battery-pack-manufacturing/

Not much happening with Atlas, not much happening with Passat, not much happening with ID, that's a lot of money for nothing and their chicks for free.

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