published Monday, January 14th, 2013

VW unveils new SUV that could be made in Chattanooga

Shown at 2013 North American International Auto Show. VW Cross Blue
Shown at 2013 North American International Auto Show. VW Cross Blue
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

DETROIT -- Saying Volkswagen wants a bigger share of the growing U.S. sport utility market, officials today rolled out a new midsize vehicle which they believe could grab more sales.

Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen Group of America’s chief executive, said the SUV would sport both performance and fuel efficiency.

The vehicle, making its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show, would be designed and priced for U.S. drivers.

The SUV is still a concept vehicle at this point, but top VW officials are expected to make a decision this year on whether to move ahead with production and where it would be assembled.

Chattanooga’s auto assembly plant and VW’s Mexico facilities are likely candidates, officials say.

See full store in Tuesday’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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