Volkswagen to launch redesigned Chattanooga-made Passat in 2019

Contributed photo / Volkswagen took the wraps off its 2019 Jetta compact sedan on Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The car is one of a number of entries VW plans for the U.S. market over the next several years.

Volkswagen plans to launch an all-new Chattanooga-made Passat next year in the first full remake of the sedan since the automaker began U.S. production of the car in 2011 as it tries to power up sales.

Also, VW is spending $3.3 billion in North America over the next three years, including $1.2 billion aimed at projects in the U.S., the company revealed at an auto show Monday.

"This market is a touchstone for our success. At long last, we want to get it right," said Herbert Diess, chief executive of the VW brand globally.

Diess on Monday unveiled Volks-wagen's redesigned 2019 Jetta compact sedan, which is larger than its predecessor but less expensive.

By the numbers

› $3.3 billion: Amount VW plans to spend in North America over the next three years› 339,700: Number of VW brand vehicles sold in U.S.