The VW logo is seen on the front of one of dozens of new Passats made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant parked outside the plant. These cars will be used as demos for testing, internal quality control and press test drives.Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press
Volkswagen Group today reported that third quarter profit jumped over last year, and it forecast an improvement on its full-year figures aided by higher sales in North America.
“We expect Group sales revenue and operating profit in 2011 to be significantly higher than in the previous year,” said Martin Winterkorn, the German automaker’s chief executive.
Operating profit surged 46 percent to $4.05 billion in the third quarter on demand for Audi and VW brand sport-utility vehicles, the company reported.
“We are on the right path to becoming the world’s leading automaker by 2018 in both economic and ecological terms,” Winterkorn said.
In North America, VW’s new $1 billion Chattanooga assembly plant is ramping up to produce 150,000 vehicles annually.
Officials said earlier this week the plant that employs over 2,000 workers is producing about 400 new midsize Passats daily.
See more on VW in Friday’s Times Free Press.
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 ...