published Monday, September 19th, 2011

VW sells first Passat in Chattanooga

Ellen Hays talks with Frank Fischer, CEO of Chattanooga Operations for Volkswagen, as she takes delivery of the first Chattanooga-made Passat sold in Chattanooga at Village VW on Monday morning.
Ellen Hays talks with Frank Fischer, CEO of Chattanooga Operations for Volkswagen, as she takes delivery of the first Chattanooga-made Passat sold in Chattanooga at Village VW on Monday morning.
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A Chattanooga woman today became the first motorist in the Chattanooga area to drive away with a new Chattanooga-made Passat.

Ellen Hays, who lives in downtown Chattanooga, picked up a black Passat from Village Volkswagen of Chattanooga this morning.

Volkswagen of America, which began making its U.S. version of the Passat at its new $1 billion Chattanooga factory in April, has started to sell its only U.S.-made vehicle this month.

The first Passat was sold to a San Jose car buyer last week.

The Chattanooga plant is slated to produce 150,000 vehicles a year.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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I pray to Allah Ellen Hays does not let her husband Ken behind the wheel of her new Volkswagen (or anything else)...

September 19, 2011 at 10:34 a.m.
NoMyth said...

It would be very cool if the TFP did a periodic follow-up story with Ms. Hays to report her honest experience with the vehicle, whether there were any maintenance issues, etc.

September 19, 2011 at 8:37 p.m.
LarryPage said...

I want to buy this New Passat. I heard that its really of quality. I want to install good parts like a good Ceiling Storage Systems on this one if own purchase it.

February 17, 2012 at 4:26 a.m.
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