published Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Business Briefs: Volkswagen to add SUV

VW expected to add SUV

Volkswagen will probably build a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Chattanooga is the favored location over the automaker's plant in Puebla, Mexico, said the people, who asked not to be identified.

Late last year, a VW official called Chattanooga the leading contender in the competition to produce the vehicle.

Marc Trahan, Volkswagen of America's executive vice president of quality, said at a Michigan auto conference then that the Chattanooga plant is the front-runner to produce the SUV, which was unveiled as a concept at the 2013 Detroit auto show.

Trahan said the company believes it needs the full-size SUV in the U.S. market. However, it would likely be 2016 before such a vehicle could hit the market.

Southern Burger closes downtown

Southern Burger Co. will close its Warehouse Row location on Jan. 24, two years after opening the downtown restaurant.

Southern Burger began as a food truck and has opened another location in Cambridge Square in Ooltewah.

"It was a difficult decision to close our first stationary store, and I want to personally thank all of our loyal guests from over the years," restaurant owner Christian Siler said in a statement.

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