Volkswagen Confirms Major Investment In North America; To Proceed With New Mid-Size Sedan

Sunday, January 12, 2014
CrossBlue, new Volkswagen mid-size sedan that may be produced in Chattanooga
CrossBlue, new Volkswagen mid-size sedan that may be produced in Chattanooga

Chattanooga's chances for getting a new line of vehicles at the Enterprise South Industrial Park were heightened Sunday when the CEO of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, announced a multi-billion dollar investment program in North America over the next five years. Furthermore, Dr. Winterkorn revealed that Volkswagen’s mid-size SUV for America will be a reality. 

The CEO also reaffirmed the goal to sell one million vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi brands per year in the U.S. by 2018.“The Volkswagen Group is staying on course with qualitative growth,” he said in a statement in Detroit on the eve of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). 

He said, “As a group we will be investing over seven billion dollars in North America over the next five years.” Another element in the growth strategy is an attractive brand-new model designed specifically for North America. In the presence of 350 guests in Detroit, Dr. Winterkorn announced: “I’m delighted to confirm what so many have been waiting so long to hear: Volkswagen’s midsize SUV for America is on its way.” He stated that development work on the seven-seater had already begun and that the U.S. market launch was scheduled for 2016.

“We want many more American drivers to feel at home with our Group brands and are working to achieve that with one hundred percent commitment and plenty of passion,” Dr. Winterkorn said on the eve of North America’s most prestigious auto show.

Plants in Chattanooga and Puebla, Mexico, have been competing for the new CrossBlue SUV and recent reports are that Chattanooga has the edge.

VW began producing the Passat at the huge site in Tyner in 2011.

Dr. Winterkorn said the Volkswagen Group is now "a force to be reckoned with on the key U.S." market, and cited the group’s success as evidence of this: “The group has almost doubled unit sales in the U.S. since 2008, setting a new record of over 600,000 deliveries in 2013.” 

Corker Says Probe To Point Directly At Russia

Appearing on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown on Wednesday to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Senator Bob Corker said the investigation is “going to point directly at Russia.” He said there is bipartisan support for the U.S. “to act alone without Europe” in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial ... (click for more)

Reward Offered In Bradley Church Thefts

A reward has been posted for information that helps property crimes detectives working thefts of exterior heat and air conditioning units at four rural churches to solve these crimes.    The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office posted the reward, an amount up to $500, for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for losses ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (2)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)

Vols Open 2018 Season Against West Virginia In Charlotte

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. All information related to kickoff date, time and tickets will be announced at ... (click for more)

Lookouts 8th Inning Rally Wednesday Burns Biscuits, 6-5

Down two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning third baseman Alex Liddi smashed his third double of the game to clear the bases and lead the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 6-5 win over the Montgomery Biscuits. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Biscuits while the Lookouts snapped a six-game losing streak. Recap After a scoreless first inning, the Lookouts got on ... (click for more)