Source: Mike Pare | Chattanooga Times Free Press, May 12, 2014
If Volkswagen green-lights production of a new sport utility vehicle in Chattanooga, it will be viewed as one of Tennessee’s biggest economic development wins of the year.
VW’s supervisory board meets in Germany today. It’s the first meeting since the United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of the Chattanooga plant’s union election about three weeks ago. Tennessee state officials and VW have talked, but it may be too early for the company to announce whether it will make the new SUV in Chattanooga or Mexico. VW has said Chattanooga is the front-runner for the seven-seat SUV, which would be based on the CrossBlue prototype unveiled at the January 2013 Detroit auto show. The company has said it wants to have the vehicle in dealer showrooms in 2016. The plant now produces just the Passat midsize sedan.