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I smell Dollyland! Nissan moved there too, TN must have good tax breaks or something. 2000 new jobs, that's great.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Volkswagen Group of America announced Tuesday morning that it will build a major new plant 12 miles south of downtown Chattanooga, which will mean a $1 billion investment in the economy of the Tennessee city and 2,000-plus jobs. VW plans to build a North American-centric midsize sedan at the plant.

Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn says VW targets sales of 800,000 VWs in the U.S. by 2018 and plans to become "the biggest European carmaker" in the U.S. market, calling the new plant "an important part of our volume strategy."

The plant will go into production in early 2011 with an initial capacity of 150,000 vehicles. It will be VW's first U.S. plant since it closed one in Pennsylvania in 1988.

A site in Huntsville, Alabama, was the next closest contender for the nod from VW, and Michigan also had been under consideration in the past.
http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=129068
 

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It looks like they will build a US oriented car in the plant. This means overweight and cheap? With exchange rates the way they are, it makes a lot of economic sense to build a plant here.

On a lighter note, do you think the Beetle's flower vase will be replaced with a bar-b-que cup?
 
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