VW reaffirms Chattanooga expansion

In this Oct. 5, 2015 file photo the VW sign of Germany's car company Volkswagen is displayed at the building of a company's retailer in, Berlin, Germany. Germany's motor transport agency is ordering a mandatory recall of Volkswagen cars sold with software that enabled them to evade diesel emissions testing, as it was announced Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)
photo VW Crossblue SUV

The Volkswagen Group today reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its Chattanooga plant, where it plans on producing a newly developed midsize SUV for the U.S. market.

"Today, we reaffirm our support of the Chattanooga plant, our employees and the broader community," said Christian Koch, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, in a statement. "We know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but this is a crucial moment in our efforts to deepen our commitment to America."

photo Christian Koch heads Volkswagen's operations in Chattanooga. He is shown outside of the factory where a $900 million expansion is underway.

Koch made the announcement prior to a