Mayors: VW expansion talks productive regarding Chattanooga

Mayors: VW expansion talks productive regarding Chattanooga

June 7th, 2013 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

A worker cleans a Volkswagen logo in the production line at the Volkswagen plant in this file photo.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

The mayors of Chattanooga and Hamilton County said today that discussions with top Volkswagen officials this week over expanding assembly at the Chattanooga plant were productive.

"It was very positive," said County Mayor Jim Coppinger, adding that VW made no commitment about whether it will pick Chattanooga as the location to produce a new sport utility vehicle.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke said he and Coppinger had "an excellent" day and half of meetings with VW officials at the company's Wolfsburg, Germany, headquarters.

"Volkswagen understands that the locals are committed to ensuring the long-term success of the plant," Berke said.

VW officials have said they're looking at producing a new SUV that would compete with the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.

Chattanooga and VW operations in Mexico are reportedly competing for the project.

See Saturday's Times Free Press for full story.