VW Set to Boost 2012 Passat Production

VW is about to boost production of the 2012 US-spec Passat only four months after production kicked off at its Chattanooga, Tenn. plant.

“We’ve already taken steps to decide how we will do it,” Don Jackson, president of manufacturing at the Chattanooga operations, said after speaking to an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., on Monday. “We’ve looked at the different shift models to do it. We have the planning all done. We just haven’t pulled the trigger.”

The Chattanooga plant was originally constructed to build up to 150,000 vehicles a year, but could be adjusted to produce between 200,000 to 220,000 units. VW sold less than 13,000 Passats last year, but thanks to the increased demand for the all-new Passat, production could hit 45,000 to 50,000 Passats this year.