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The Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

A new concept for a 5-seat sport utility vehicle that Volkswagen is expected to show off next week at the Detroit auto show could be made in Chattanooga, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The sportier 5-seat version of a midsize SUV the German automaker is to start making in Chattanooga next year could be assembled in the city as soon as 2017, the newspaper reported today.

In addition, if VW decides to produce the 5-seat version, the company may have to expand capacity at Chattanooga, but that would depend on sales of the larger version and other models produced at the plant.

A car magazine reported last month that VW was looking at unveiling the concept SUV at the auto show and also considering variants of the Passat, which is made in Chattanooga.

VW is investing another $900 million in the development of the midsize SUV and has plans to employ 2,000 more people in Chattanooga. 

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