VW’s new midsize SUV concept, called the Crossblue, was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January 2013.Mike Pare
NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said today his administration is having "very productive conversations" with Volkswagen about a new sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga plant but that "it would be very premature to say we have a deal."
The governor's comments to reporters came in response to reports last week in a German newspaper saying the German auto manufacturer was nearing a decision to pick its Chattanooga plant over its factory in Pubela, Mexico.
"We certainly hope that they are," Haslam said of the report, which was picked up last week by Reuters news service. "I think it's a little premature to say that it's a done deal. We continue to have discussions with Volkswagen, but from my standpoint it would be very premature to say we have a deal."
He characterized the discussions as "very productive. … We talk with them on the phone all the time. We've had face to face conversations in the last two weeks."
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...