Looking ahead, moving forward, at home in America.

At Volkswagen Group of America, we don’t believe the future is an unknowable mystery, we believe it is a doorway of opportunity. And we believe the future of our company is vitally linked to leading-edge research, both inside and outside the company. We use our expertise to provide superior products through innovative and sustainable technologies.

From our products to our processes to our people, we’re celebrating our history in the U.S. by moving toward the future, each and every day.

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.


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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Chattanooga Diversity and Inclusion

For demonstrating our commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga awarded Volkswagen Group of America the Corporate Leadership Award at the League’s 2010 Equal Opportunity Day event. Long before the concrete was poured at our new assembly plant in Tennessee, a different type of foundation was laid for the future. The Volkswagen Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council for our Chattanooga Operations was formed. “We asked for the involvement of the community and individuals representing groups who have been historically disadvantaged, with the goal of ensuring that all employees are treated with dignity and respect, and that all qualified suppliers have access to business opportunities,” said Machelle Williams, Volkswagen’s General Manager of Diversity and Organizational Development. “We value the diversity of the team we are creating here in Chattanooga,” Don Jackson, President of Manufacturing for Chattanooga Operations, and an executive champion of the council, says. “A diverse team assures us that we have the community’s values included in all that we do, both here at the plant and in the community.”


TDI engineIn the 2010 comprehensive environmental rankings published by the Union of Concerned Scientists, an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists are working for a healthy environment. Volkswagen tied Toyota for the lowest smog-forming pollutant emissions. According to the report,

“The newer and cleaner diesel models that Volkswagen now offers will be technologies to watch—especially to see if they can beat out other companies’ hybrids.”

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Volkswagen builds plants using the most advanced technology and best production practices from our operations around the world. From the site planning to manufacturing and delivery, new facilities like the one in Chattanooga feature smart technology and environmental design to help reduce waste and emissions, and save energy. In addition to advanced welding, painting, ventilation and lighting systems, the layout of the body shop at the Chattanooga plant is more compact as a result of optimized processes simulated in virtual reality. Our employees benefit from ergonomically designed working spaces, a fitness center and healthy food choices in the dining area. And to save on transportation fuel, 85 percent of the vehicles produced will be transported by rail.


Before the first new vehicle leaves the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant for America’s roadways, it already will have traveled 2.8 miles on the E-shuttle transport line, the first of its kind in the world. The finishing conveyor line is managed by 56 robots, which flip and dip the auto body into 10 water and paint tanks to coat and protect the vehicle. At the end of the four-level paint shop, the two hour process then finishes with a top coat and wax spray. “We’re the first in the world to use E-Shuttle,” says Rich Schmidt, Plant Engineering Manager, Volkswagen Chattanooga Operations LLC. “The old system required the unit to ramp into and out of the paint bath. E-Shuttle allows the body to be put straight down, turned 360 degrees, turned straight up and conveyed to the next bath. We’re able to reduce the tank size which results in less water, fewer chemicals and less energy usage.” Read more »