published Monday, April 18th, 2011

VW rolls out first Chattanooga-made car

Volkswagen reveals their first Passat customer car Monday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Employees were there to see the car. Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Volkswagen reveals their first Passat customer car Monday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Employees were there to see the car. Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Volkswagen officials today marked the first customer car to roll off the line at its Chattanooga factory.

The first car was a night-blue metallic Passat SEL equipped with a 2.5 liter engine, automatic transmission, leather interior and 18-inch wheels.

The Passat was drive n by Joey Gilliland, who works in quality assurance for Volkswagen.

Frank Fischer, chief executive of the Chattanooga VW plant, told more than 1,600 employees of the factory that, "I'm very proud of what we've accomplished here in Chattanooga. "I'm proud of this car and I'm proud of you," he said.

For more details see tomorrow's Times Free Press

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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Abe said...

Wow. Our neighbors produce the first car at a plant where thousands here are employed, and you turn the occasion into a foul-mouthed rant against the president. So sad.

April 18, 2011 at 3:50 p.m.
dude_abides said...

However, Spike Lee is an internationally recognized, wealthy filmmaker and you're just an angry, unimportant man in a little city. But you're living in America, so roll on with your seditious and anonymous drivel. Your right to pontificate has been payed for with the blood of soldiers of every ethnicity, gender and religion.

April 18, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
Soddynooga said...

Cottage cheese is my favorite!! YUM!

April 18, 2011 at 8:35 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Yeah, like the hero treatment the guys coming back from your Iraq debacle were getting at Walter Reed? How did you conservatives let that happen? The article below and others like it are disgusting.

http://www.ourfuture.org/abandoning-patients-walter-reed

April 18, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.
ezhiker said...

Libertarians4Freedom: People like you give us reasonable Libertarians a bad name. How does anything you have said have anything to do with VW producing its first Chattanooga car???

To everyone else: All Libertarians are not like this, ok? I'm a freedom loving Libertarian, and all of our problems aside, I'm thrilled to see new cars being made by Chattanooga workers. Congratulations VW!

April 20, 2011 at 3:39 p.m.
Leaf said...

@ezhiker: We know. Libertarians4Freedom is just very angry and likely insane. He doesn't have the intellect to understand any political theory despite the label he's appropriated.

April 21, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.
alohaboy said...

So true!

April 21, 2011 at 10:36 a.m.
KennyRogers said...

I like this new car here. I can see that this new Passat will join the ranks of the most efficient cars out there. I like what they did to this car especially the parts that they installed on this. If you own this car and you want to make this look better then some accessories like good bumpers and crankshaft kits & accessories would do the job for you.

June 28, 2011 at 10:07 p.m.
chrishillesland said...

I've been waiting for this event to happen. You know, I read a lot of car blogs to update about it.

July 1, 2011 at 7:46 p.m.
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