New 5-passenger Volkswagen SUV to be made in Chattanooga

20 March, 2018, 06:12 | Author: Teresa Adams
  • Bound for the Big Apple- Volkswagen gives us a first look at the 5-seat version of the Atlas

Volkswagen will begin producing a 2-row, 5-passenger variant of its all-new 2019 Atlas SUV at its Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant.

Debuting as Volkswagen's latest and greatest three-row, 7-passenger crossover, the 2018 Atlas will welcome a lighter sibling in NY.

Woebcken told reporters assembled to hear about the new model that they automaker is "not only committed to this market, we are committed to our USA manufacturing home in Chattanooga, Tennessee".

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Like the current Atlas, the new model will be based on the MQB platform that is also used for the current Golf, Passat, and Tiguan.

The Atlas started production in 2016 in Chattanooga and went on sale in 2017, earning Cars.com's Best of the Year. The five-seat Atlas will be the third Volkswagen model to be produced at the Chattanooga, after the Passat and seven-seat Atlas.

The first model built in Tennessee remains in a serious slump, even leading Volkswagen to idle its plant for two weeks this spring.

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VW said in February that 54 percent of its total own-brand volume sales were SUVs. American companies face 10 percent levies on vehicles and parts going into Europe, while European Union companies pay 2.5 percent on cars and SUVs imported to the U.S. Imports of light pickups face a 25 percent U.S. tariff.

"So obviously Volkswagen's had its challenges the last three or four years". "I think the fact that they've stayed here, stayed committed, kept investing, says a lot about the workforce right here in Chattanooga and Hamilton County".

Volkswagen has announced it will launch a five-seat version of the Atlas for the American market, which will be previewed as a concept at the 2018 New York International Auto Show.

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Michael Edward Miller is a reporter with WUTC in Chattanooga.

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