published Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Tantalizing prospects to build Audi at Enterprise South

With Volkswagen providing thousands of local jobs and much welcome economic investment -- and with the Chattanooga-built VW Passat headed for "blockbuster" sales -- there's lots for our community to celebrate.

And the celebration will get even more festive if prospects for manufacturing the VW luxury brand Audi here come to fruition.

There have been hints of that possibility recently, and there was another hint Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Chattanooga is "an attractive potential location" for the manufacture of Audis at some point in the future, said Johan de Nysschen, Audi of America's president.

He didn't make any promises along those lines, and no final decision has been made on where Audis might be built.

Sites in Huntsville, Ala., and Mexico reportedly are also under consideration, and production is expected to start by 2015.

But it is a tantalizing possibility that production of Audis could be added at Enterprise South industrial park, bringing jobs and further economic development to our dynamic community.

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