published Monday, September 12th, 2011

VW delivers first Chattanooga-made Passat to customer

A new Volkswagen Passat sits on display on the deck of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga during a Volkswagen dinner and reception for international media in this file photo.
A new Volkswagen Passat sits on display on the deck of the Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga during a Volkswagen dinner and reception for international media in this file photo.
Photo by Jenna Walker.
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Volkswagen of America today delivered the first Chattanooga-made customer-purchased 2012 Passat to a San Jose, Calif., man.

Matt Duchesne took delivery of a clean diesel version of the midsize sedan.

 “We are very excited to share this seminal moment for Volkswagen in America with Mr. Duchesne. It is the fulfillment of our promise to the U.S. market that we can deliver a German-engineered car with American sensibilities at an affordable price,” said Marc Trahan, executive vice president of group quality at Volkswagen of America.

Duchesne had previously ordered the all-new Passat TDI SEL model. VW is to begin selling the vehicles off of dealer lots later this month.

For full story, see Tuesday’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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