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We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

Partners in Education

Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the [...]

Hard at Work in America

When we opened our first location in the United States in 1955, we offered just one model — the enduring cultural icon affectionately known as the Beetle. While the fun-loving Beetle and the “Bus” were capturing American hearts, Audi was quickening pulses with quality, performance and technological innovation. Audi joined the Volkswagen Group in 1965. And [...]

Volkswagen Chattanooga (USA)Less than two months have past since the official opening of Volkswagen Group of America’s Chattanooga Operations, and the folks at Chattanooga have another thing to celebrate. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has awarded the facility with the 2011 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Building Green.

“This award reflects Volkswagen’s company-wide focus on our obligation to be thoughtful stewards of the environment, both with our vehicles and even our buildings,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chair of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “I am very pleased that Gov. Haslam has recognized our efforts and I’m particularly proud that our Passat’s clean diesel engine emits the lowest CO2 and gets the highest MPG in its class,” Fischer said.

The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes exceptional voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources with projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation.

“This year’s roster of honorees demonstrates that environmental stewardship is thriving in our local communities. I am pleased to support a program that recognizes leadership that positively impacts the environment,” Haslam said.

VWGoA’s Chattanooga facility was built on a 1,350-acre Brownfield site. The facility will use rainwater harvesting in order to supplement 653,000 gallons of water per year used for gray water, reducing the overall water usage onsite. A special single-ply membrane roof was used throughout 1.8 million square feet of roof surface in an effort to minimize the heat island effect.

The paint shop is the world’s first to utilize a dry-scrubber system to collect paint overspray, unlike traditional shops that use water to collect paint overspray. The Chattanooga paint shop then collects the powder and sends it to a local company where it is used to make concrete.

In addition, the dry scrubber system makes it possible to recycle 85 percent of the air in the spray booths. Due to this air recycling, the dry-scrubber system saves 42 percent power and 85 percent heating energy for conditioning the air inside the spray booths.

Skylights are used generously throughout the building to provide natural lighting, which reduces the energy demand from light fixtures. There are dedicated carpool and vanpool parking spaces in the main parking lot, as well as preferred parking for low‐emitting and fuel‐efficient vehicles. An extensive storm water conveyance system consisting of bioswales, vegetative ditches and culverts culminating at a constructed sluice gate acts as the primary storm water management system.

A large portion of the acreage has been set aside for native or adapted plants, which do not require permanent irrigation. Specific species have been planted in the ditches and swales for filtration of suspended solids.

The 14 winners will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Nashville on August 12.

 

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Jetta top ranking in the Strategic Vision 2011 Total Quality Index™ medium car segment

According to the Quality Index, the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan have “attributes of Design and Exterior Styling that particularly impressed owners, along with many other cues of Quality that were very impactful upon owners.”

Volkswagen of America, Inc. recently received glowing accolades in the Strategic Vision Inc. 2011 Total Quality Index after being rated the best Full-line Corporation, while the Volkswagen Golf, Jetta and Tiguan bested their competitors and were named Total Quality leaders.

“Volkswagen of America is excited with the outstanding recognition that our company and vehicles have received in the 2011 Total Quality Index,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America. “It is clear that Volkswagen is top of mind among our growing customer base and that our vehicles continue to provide a stimulating driving experience.”

The Golf and Tiguan bested all other vehicles in the Small Multi-Function (MFV) and Entry Utility categories respectively, while the Jetta tied for top honors in the Medium Car segment. According to the Quality Index, the Golf, Jetta and Tiguan have “attributes of Design and Exterior Styling that particularly impressed owners, along with many other cues of Quality that were very impactful upon owners.”

The Total Quality Index® asks buyers to rate all aspects of the ownership experience from buying and owning to performance and driving. It is much more than just counting problems, rather it provides an overall impression of how customers evaluate their new vehicle ownership experience.

To calculate TQI, Strategic Vision asks owners to evaluate their new car experience by measuring: The initial perception of quality, the overall perception of satisfaction, the willingness to be an advocate for the brand, emotional attachment to vehicle, future purchase intention associated with the brand and overall experience with the vehicle. Strategic Vision also asks the customers to evaluate the experience based on product attributes and their dealership experience.

 

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Volkswagen Group of America is pleased to have recently won the coveted 2011 Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). VWGoA won in the “Brochures” category for the At Home in America: 2010 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) report.  The esteemed award recognizes superior performance in the design and execution of an individual public relations tactic within a broader public relations campaign. This award further solidifies VWGoA’s presence in America and underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to being a good employer, a good corporate neighbor, and to behaving ethically and responsibly.
View the 2010 CSR report »

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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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Mayor Cindy Silva and Werner Mersch, Volkswagen’s Western Region Director, help the Dirito brothers break ground on the brand-new dealership.

Volkswagen Group of America continued growing its U.S. presence by becoming a permanent resident of the “Golden State.” Last week, VWGoA celebrated not one, but two groundbreakings, including the New Lab for Emissions Testing and Powertrain Development in Oxnard, Calif. and the 30,000-square-foot dealership in downtown Walnut Creek, Calif.

The $25 million lab will replace the existing facility in Westlake Village and will also serve as a customer service support center for Bugatti dealers in North and South America. Read more »

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VWGoA’s IT Service Desk recently brought home the 2011 HDI Team Excellence Award for Internal Support.

HDI, a global IT service and technical support association and the industry’s premier certification and training body, honors two outstanding teams with the prestigious award — one for Internal Support and one for External Support. The Award honors world-class support organizations that have most enhanced the image of the industry by achieving the highest standards of excellence for delivering internal and external customer service and support. Both the Internal and External Awards use the same criteria for submission, which focuses on the people, process, and technology aspects of the support center. Read more »

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