VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, managed to build the 250,000th Passat sedan, after more than two years since production started.
The car which set the 250,000th milestone is a Night Blue Passat TDI, fitted with a black leather interior, navigation system, a Fender audio system, sunroof and 18-inch wheels.
“Two years ago our team members had just learned to build cars,” said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Today we celebrate a quarter of a million Volkswagen Passats from Chattanooga. I am very proud of this team.”
On April 18th, 2011, VW officially started production at its Chattanooga plant, the only LEED Platinum-certified car factory in the world. The 100,000th milestone was reached on May 31st, 2012. Although the 250,000th is a big accomplishment, the automaker is still aware of the fact that sales of the Passat have declined over the past months, forcing the automaker to lay off 500 temporary employees. Even if VW plans to add a new three-row SUV to the plant, that model is to reach the facility in several years.
Earlier this month VW announced the added R-Line to the Passat lineup in the United Kingdom. The R-Line can be ordered with a 1.4 liter engine producing 158 BHP, mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG transmission, with a 1.6 liter diesel with 104 BHP, with a six-speed manual transmission, and with a 2.0 liter 138 BHP with both options.