published Monday, October 1st, 2012

U.S. lost Audi plant, isn’t competitive, official says

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Volkswagen Group of America’s chief said today the U.S. lost an Audi assembly plant this year because it was less competitive than Mexico, which won the $1 billion investment.

Chattanooga had been seen as a serious contender for the Audi factory.

According to Bloomberg, Jonathan Browning, the top U.S. executive for Europe’s biggest carmaker, said in a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., that America “needs to get its house in order” and “restore global confidence in the workings of its political system.”

Browning cited the decision to choose Mexico as an example of the U.S. losing to increasing global competition for foreign direct investment. It doesn’t make sense for an auto company to build a plant in the U.S. if it plans to export vehicles made there, he said.

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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