Chattanooga, Mexico eyed for Audi plant, report says

A report Wednesday said Volkswagen and Audi executives are looking at Mexico and Chattanooga for production capacity for VW's upscale brand.

Manager Magazin said Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler wants a new factory in Mexico to produce the sport utility vehicle Q5.

But, the report said, many members of Volkswagen's top management would rather produce Audi vehicles in Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga plant this spring started production of an all-new midsize VW Passat. It has capacity to make 150,000 vehicles a year. VW officials have said the plant ultimately could be expanded to build 500,000 vehicles a year.

The German magazine said a decision on Audi production could be made as early as October.

J.Ed. Marston, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce's vice president of marketing, declined comment Wednesday.