Volkswagen of Chattanooga wins Corporate Handout Classic.
This is a framegrab from a Volkswagen commercial for a vehicle with their TDI Clean Diesel engine. A federal consumer watchdog sued Volkswagen Tuesday, March 29, 2016, charging the company made false claims in commercials promoting its "Clean Diesel" vehicles as environmentally friendly. (Volkswagen/Youtube via AP)
Tennesseans have crowned Volkswagen of Chattanooga the champion of a new tongue-in-cheek contest known as "the Corporate Handout Classic."
VW, which has received $840.3 million of state tax breaks and subsidies for its Chattanooga assembly plant and its ongoing expansion, was picked by more than two thirds of the voters in the March Madness style tournament sponsored by the conservative Beacon Center of Tennessee.