VW rolls out first Chattanooga-made car

VW rolls out first Chattanooga-made car

April 18th, 2011 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

Volkswagen reveals their first Passat customer car Monday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Employees were there to see the car. Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Volkswagen officials today marked the first customer car to roll off the line at its Chattanooga factory.

The first car was a night-blue metallic Passat SEL equipped with a 2.5 liter engine, automatic transmission, leather interior and 18-inch wheels.

The Passat was drive n by Joey Gilliland, who works in quality assurance for Volkswagen.

Frank Fischer, chief executive of the Chattanooga VW plant, told more than 1,600 employees of the factory that, "I'm very proud of what we've accomplished here in Chattanooga. "I'm proud of this car and I'm proud of you," he said.

For more details see tomorrow's Times Free Press