Audi decides on U.S. plant, report says

Audi decides on U.S. plant, report says

July 11th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

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Volkswagen's sister company Audi has decided to build an auto assembly plant in North America, and it's looking at an added drive train factory, according to Automotive News.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said a decision will be made within three years concerning details of the assembly plant such as models, location and capacity, the report said.

That second plant could be shared with the VW division, which opened an assembly plant this spring in Chattanooga.

The $1 billion Chattanooga plant, when fully operational, will have capacity to build 150,000 vehicles a year. But Volkswagen of America President Jonathan Browning said at the Detroit auto show in January that the plant could be expanded to produce 500,000 vehicles.

In addition, VW has said there's enough land at its Enterprise South industrial park site to duplicate the existing plant.

See Tuesday's Times Free Press for more on this story.