VW's Chattanooga, Tennessee Plant Builds its 100,000 Passat

Just nine months after the all-new VW Passat went on sale in the U.S., VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant has built its 100,000 Passat.

2012 VW Passat
Just nine months after the all-new VW Passat went on sale in the U.S., VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant has built its 100,000 Passat. “We have built each and every one of those 100,000 Passats with a passion for detail that sets the standard for safety and reliability for the mid-size sedan market,” Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and Chairman Frank Fischer said. “I’m so proud of our team for reaching this milestone so quickly while maintaining the superior quality that earned the Passat the Motor Trend 2012 Car of the Year award.


The 100,000th Passat was a Night Blue Metallic 2.0-liter TDI SEL Premium with six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission and Moonrock leather interior that was bought by Joanne Benante, who had come from Atlanta, Georgia, to take delivery at the factory. To the cheers of the employees, she then drove her new car through the middle of the gathering and out the front doors on her way back to I-75 and south to Atlanta.
“Producing 100,000 Passats so soon after the vehicle went on sale in September 2011 is a testament to all the hard work that has gone into making our LEED-certified Chattanooga plant and the Passat such a success, both here and abroad,” said Jonathan Browning, President and CEO, Volkswagen of America. “It is further evidence that our momentum in the U.S. market is continuing and we are appreciative of our growing customer base, which has been drawn to the Passat’s outstanding fuel economy, German engineering and value,” Browning said.