published Thursday, May 31st, 2012

VW’s Chattanooga plant produces 100,000th car (with video)

Joanne Benante poses with her new Passat, recognized Thursday by Volkswagen officials as being the 100,000th car manufactured at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.
Joanne Benante poses with her new Passat, recognized Thursday by Volkswagen officials as being the 100,000th car manufactured at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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  • VW celebrates 100,000th Passat made in Chattanooga
    Volkswagen celebrated the sale of its 100,000th Passat to Joanne Benante, a Norcross, Ga., resident who drove off in her new car Thursday during a ceremony at the Enterprise South plant.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant today marked the production of its 100,000th car.

The car, a night blue Passat TDI, was turned over to a Norcross, Ga., woman who had bought the vehicle in Atlanta.

Frank Fischer, the plant’s chief executive, said that he is proud of the plant’s team for reaching the milestone so quickly.

He said that it was just a year ago that the plant had its official opening.

It was Feb. 7 of this year that the plant produced its 50,000th Passat.

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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