Yesterday, May 31st, Volkswagen Chattanooga celebrated the completion of the 100,000th Passat, only 9 months after the car went on sale in the States.
A ceremony was held today in which the Passat was handed to its new owner, under the eyes of hundreds of Volkswagen employees at the Chattanooga factory. This morning the Passat was taken from the assembly line and driven into the Conference Center and the keys were handed by Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and Chairman Frank Fischer to the car’s new owner Joanne Benante, from Atlanta, Georgia.
“We have built each and every one of those 100,000 Passats with a passion for detail that sets the standard for safety and reliability for the mid-size sedan market,” Fischer said. “I’m so proud of our team for reaching this milestone so quickly while maintaining the superior quality that earned the Passat the Motor Trend 2012 Car of the Year award,” Fischer said.
The 100,000th Passat is Night Blue Metallic and features a Moonrock leather interior. And under the hood it has a 2.0-liter TDI SEL Premium with six-speed DSG(R) dual-clutch automatic transmission. On April 18th, 2011 Volkswagen Chattanooga celebrated the completion of the first customer car, on September 8th, 2011, the 10,000th Passat and on February 7th, 2012, the 50,000th Passat.