published Friday, January 17th, 2014

New Jetta, small SUV may be built at Chattanooga VW plant

2013 Volkswagen Jetta
2013 Volkswagen Jetta
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

An automotive website is reporting that Volkswagen officials are looking at producing its next Jetta compact car at the automaker’s Chattanooga assembly plant.

Also, Automobile magazine said that officials are eyeing production of its next generation compact Tiguan sport utility vehicle either in Chattanooga or in VW’s Puebla, Mexico, factory.

In addition to the Jetta, the magazine website said Chattanooga is a candidate for a possible Jetta wagon with a body cladding and a raised stance for an Audi all-road rugged look.

Already, the Chattanooga plant is the frontrunner to produce a new midsize SUV for North America based on the CrossBlue concept introduced last January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

A decision is expected to be made soon on the CrossBlue SUV production site. VW chief Martin Winterkorn said earlier this week that the midsize SUV is to be ready to sell for 2016.

The Chattanooga plant currently assembles the Passat midsize sedan.

See more in Saturday’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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