It has been stated numerous times that the VW Group – (Europe largest automaker) plans to surpass the Japanese automaker, Toyota and become the world’s largest automaker by 2018 and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that the Golf is vital part of these plans. Why – simple because is a best seller.
According to InsideLine, Vw may produce the next generation Golf 7 at the Chattanooga plant, the same factory that will produce the American Passat.
This might be one of the Vw’s plans to help increase it’s sales on the U.S. market, and to achieve the ambitious plan (to sell 800,000 VW brand cars in the U.S. by 2018).
Frank Fischer, Chattanooga plant chief executive told InsideLine that the facility is capable to a volume of 250,000 cars on three distinct production lines. On the same time, Volkswagen North America President and CEO Jonathan Browning has made it clear that VW here must do much more with both the Golf and modular architecture-sharing Tiguan small SUV.
Chattanooga plant specifications:
• $1 billion investment
• 2,000 new jobs
• 1,350 acres
• Initial production capacity: 150,000 vehicles
• Will produce a new mid-size sedan designed specifically for the North American market
• Production is scheduled to begin in early 2011