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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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 we’ve been hard at work, growing at home in America ever since. With the June 15 Times Square unveiling of the all-new Jetta 2011, the love story continues for all the hardworking Americans who engineer, manufacture, sell, service or drive our family of vehicles. Read more »

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America at its best — hard at work.

Our new hometown America assembly plant begins production in 2011 in Chattanooga, Tenn., using smart technology and environmental design for clean production. The energy-saving facility with an annual capacity of 150,000 vehicles will produce a new midsize sedan designed for the North American market; 30 percent will be powered by Volkswagen’s TDI Clean Diesel technology. Read more »


An American Concept: Expecting the Unexpected

From Times Square to the Golden Gate, Volkswagen’s all-new 2011 Jetta is appearing from coast to coast — symbolizing the company’s presence in the U.S. market.


The All-New 2011 Jetta hits the San Francisco Bay Area


Walter de Silva, Head of Design Volkswagen Group of America

After unveiling the 2011 Jetta in the heart of the Big Apple, the car’s international driving presentation took place on the famed winding streets of San Francisco.

The 2011 Jetta speaks to the American desire for quality, style, sophistication and fun at an affordable price. With this car, it is clear that today more than ever, Volkswagen is at home in America.


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