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.
Our environmentally responsible plant features a state-of-the-art training facility, a revolutionary paint shop that reduces CO2 emissions by 20 percent and a recycling system that saves around 350,000 gallons of freshwater annually.
Browning credits the new plant for reducing the exposure to currency fluctuations and significantly reducing transportation costs, but he says it does even more than that.
“By putting down roots in America’s heartland, Volkswagen is establishing a deeper and broader connection with customers, suppliers and communities in the U.S.,” Browning said.
This includes the 2,000 direct jobs created at the Chattanooga plant and the 10,000 indirect jobs created through suppliers and other ancillary businesses.
With the production of the new Passat — which is designed for Americans and built by Americans, the construction of a world-class auto assembly plant in Tennessee, and the creation of 12,000 jobs, Volkswagen continues to demonstrate our commitment to being At Home in America.