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Success made in hometown America.

At Volkswagen Group of America we strive for the exceptional. And our goal is simple: To inspire passion in one million new Volkswagen and Audi drivers each year in the United States by 2018.

That’s why we are investing $4 billion, even in a tough economy, to expand our U.S. operations. We are opening a new assembly plant in Tennessee and working even harder from coast to coast at all of our corporate, subsidiary and dealer locations.

It’s really all about the American dream — turning challenges into opportunities with hard work and good people.

Michaela GonzalezHello Everyone! My name is Michaela Gonzalez. I am a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Key West. I’ve traveled up the Atlantic coast, completing my undergrad degree at the University of Georgia, working in Atlanta in the hospitality industry and earning my master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In July 2010, I began working as a Human Resources Analyst with the Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Program. For the past year, I’ve called the DC area home.

The Graduate Program at Volkswagen Group of America was designed to provide an opportunity for recent Bachelor and Master’s graduates to start their careers in the automotive industry. The program’s 24 months of rotational assignments gives analysts entry-level exposure to the different functions of the business unit they are working in. The analysts span across the organization’s business units including Volkswagen and Audi of America. Through training, networking, mentoring, and exposure to all levels within the organization, the analyst’s likelihood of full-time placement aligning with the business needs and personal career interests is enhanced.

I joined the Volkswagen Group of America team because regardless of where you are from, people relate to the culture of Volkswagen, Audi, and our other brands. I wanted to be part of that. In a little over one year, I’ve learned about the various aspects of the company’s Human Resources department and networked with individuals in other functional areas.

One of my proudest accomplishments thus far has been managing the Graduate Program planning and recruiting process this year. I look forward to keeping you informed of what’s going on and what’s to come with the Graduate Program through this blog. But you won’t just hear from me. Several analysts from the 2010 and 2011 Graduate Program classes will be writing each week, sharing individual perspectives from their Experience At Home.

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Volkswagen has further solidified its presence in America with the May 24 inauguration of its new billion dollar plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.   During the grand opening, dignitaries from around the globe converged on the 1,400-acre site, which touts an automobile plant including body shop, paint shop, assembly facility, technical testing center, and a supplier park.

Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations LLC, Dr. Michael Macht, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for ‘Group Production’, Dr. Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the United States, Bill Haslam, Governor of the U.S. State of Tennessee and Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America (from left to right)

Attendees included: Dr. Klaus Scharioth, German Ambassador to the United States, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, VWGoA President and CEO Jonathan Browning, and U.S. Senators Robert Corker and Lamar Alexander.

During the ceremony, Prof. Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, said, “The Volkswagen Group has finally arrived as a local manufacturer in the United States. We are proud to be part of this great automobile nation as a producer, an employer and as a friend and good neighbor to people in the region.”

The new plant will serve as the U.S. production site for the Passat model. With the U.S. being one of the world’s largest and most important automobile markets, the new plant lays the foundation for Volkswagen to meet its target of boosting Group sales in the United States to more than a million vehicles per year by 2018 and winning a market share of about six percent for the Volkswagen Group.

The plant will employ more than 2,000 people and produce 150,000 vehicles per year. 1,700 people are already employed directly by Volkswagen, and 10,000 additional jobs will be created in the U.S. component supply industry.

The new plant also underscores Volkswagen’s continued commitment to the environment and sets new standards for sustainable, resource-efficient production. The facility, which will be among the world’s most advanced and environmentally compatible automobile plants, is in line with the highest requirements of the U.S. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, which lays down stringent provisions for the sustainable, environmentally compatible construction of buildings.

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Chattanooga Team Members

Chattanooga Team Members

The Chattanooga plant is excited to have reached the homestretch of its plan to hire and train more than 2,000 employees. The plant passed the 1,500-employee mark, all of whom will be responsible for building the 2011 Passat. In fact, in total, the Chattanooga Operations now employs 1,516 people. As a result, the company is three-quarters of the way to its final goal. Read more »

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Volkswagen Group of America is the Washington D.C. area’s only hometown automaker — a fact that we were excited to highlight during the Washington Auto Show. Moreover, nearly 400 VWGoA employees are proud to call the Washington area home.

During the Auto Show, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. President and CEO Jonathan Browning was joined by a host of community partners as he introduced the all-new American made Volkswagen Passat sedan to the Washington area. Read more »

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12,000 Jobs!

Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO Jonathan Browning revealed the all-new 2012 Passat to the world at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich.

The new Passat, designed in Germany with American tastes and lifestyles in mind, will be built in our Chattanooga, Tenn. plant, which is one of the world’s newest and most advanced auto assembly plants. Read more »

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HRC Corporate Equality IndexFor the four consecutive years in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, Volkswagen Group of America received a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, measuring the inclusiveness of workplace policies for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender employees.

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