published Thursday, April 17th, 2014

VW decision on SUV ‘pretty soon,’ official says

This Volkswagen image shows the midsize SUV VW plans to build for the American market.
This Volkswagen image shows the midsize SUV VW plans to build for the American market.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Volkswagen could announce where it will make new sport-utility vehicle in the U.S. within the next several months, the head of the auto maker’s American operations told Dow Jones.

“I think it will be pretty soon” that the SUV’s production location will be announced, Volkswagen’s top executive in the U.S., Michael Horn, said on Wednesday at the New York Auto Show. He added he is confident the decision won’t drag on beyond 2014.

The move has been complicated by a legal battle involving the United Auto Workers union and a February vote by workers at the company’s Chattanooga plant to reject the UAW as their legal representative.

“The last financial calculations are being done,” he said.

VW has said Chattanooga is the front-runner for the SUV over company operations in Mexico.

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