Volkswagen Chattanooga produces one-millionth vehicle

Jun 3, 2020

  • The one-millionth vehicle produced at Volkswagen Chattanooga is a 2020 Passat
  • Passat was the first vehicle manufactured in the Chattanooga assembly plant in 2011
  • Volkswagen Chattanooga also produces the 7-seat Atlas, the all-new, 5-seat Atlas Cross Sport, and plans to assemble the ID.4 electric SUV in coming years

Chattanooga, TN — Volkswagen announced today that it achieved a key production milestone at its Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant with the completion of its one-millionth vehicle, an Aurora Red Metallic 2020 Volkswagen Passat R-Line.

“It’s gratifying to me that our team is back to work and able to mark yet another key milestone since the opening of VW’s Chattanooga plant,” said Tom du Plessis, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “Part of us getting back to normal is taking time to recognize these important achievements which are only possible because of the hard work and commitment of our exceptional team here in Chattanooga.”

The Volkswagen Chattanooga plant has been producing Passat vehicles since 2011. Ground was broken in 2009 for what was to become the world’s first LEED-Platinum certified manufacturing facility. Since, Volkswagen Chattanooga has grown to employ approximately 3,800 people, produced more than 700,000 Passat vehicles, 100,000 Atlas vehicles, and recently started production of the 2020 Atlas Cross Sport and the facelifted 2021 Atlas. In that time, Chattanooga-assembled vehicles have been exported to Canada, Mexico, Russia, South Korea, and the Middle East.

Volkswagen Chattanooga will also be Volkswagen’s North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles, representing an approximately $800 million investment, starting in 2022. The expansion to enable U.S. production of long-range EVs began in November 2019.

The Passat marked Volkswagen’s return to assembling vehicles in America, after the Westmoreland facility in Pennsylvania closed in 1987. The 2012 Passat was specifically designed for the North American market—larger than the European vehicle, in order to offer the kind of interior and trunk space that North American buyers expect from a midsize sedan.

Nine years later, building on the success of the current generation’s combination of copious amounts of interior space, creature comforts and Volkswagen’s signature fun-to-drive nature, the 2020 Passat offers more than its predecessor of what matters—bolder design, upgraded technology, and enhanced access to convenience and driver-assistance features.

The 2020 Passat is available in four trim levels, with a starting price of $22,995 for the Passat S. A 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection TSI® four-cylinder engine that makes 174 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission on all models. Standard features include 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, full LED lighting, App-Connect, Forward Collision Warning and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring (Front Assist), Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert.


VW Chattanooga Key Milestones

July 15, 2008 Announcement of Chattanooga Factory
February 3, 2009 Start of Construction
June 4, 2010 Opening of Volkswagen Academy
August 23, 2010 1,000th employee hired
September 30, 2010 Opening of Supplier Park
April 18, 2011 First Customer Passat rolled off assembly line
May 24, 2011 Grand Opening of Volkswagen Chattanooga plant
July 29, 2011 2,000th employee hired
December 1, 2011 LEED Platinum certification of Plant and Academy
May 31, 2012 100,000th Passat produced
January 23, 2013 Power-up of Volkswagen Chattanooga Solar Park
May 23, 2013 250,000th Passat produced
August 13, 2013 Volkswagen Academy Inaugural Graduation Ceremony
July 14, 2014 Midsize SUV Announcement
January 1, 2015 Midsize SUV Expansion Commences
July 22, 2015 500,000th Passat assembled
December 14, 2016 Midsize SUV Start of Production
May 18, 2017 First Customer Atlas Delivered
March 19, 2018 Five-Passenger SUV announcement
May 7, 2018 700,000th Passat assembled
October 5, 2018 100,000th Atlas assembled
January 14, 2019 MEB production and expansion announcement
October 11, 2019  Atlas Cross Sport unveiled
November 13, 2019 Construction for electric vehicle manufacturing commences



About Volkswagen 
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America and a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, with headquarters in Herndon, Virginia. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Arteon, Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport, Golf, Golf GTI, Jetta, Jetta GLI, Passat, and Tiguan vehicles through more than 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen online at or to learn more.

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