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“wouldn’t be out of the question to someday build the whole global Golf/Jetta/Tiguan/Scirocco compact family under the same roof as the North American Passat”

Just the Facts:

  • VW’s Chattanooga factory may build the next-generation North American Golf alongside the Passat.
  • The factory is poised to expand its capacity.
  • The entire VW global compact family for the U.S., including the next Audi A3, could be built in Chattanooga.

NICE, France — Volkswagen is mulling over production plans for its new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Inside Line has learned some of the ideas it’s considering.

A Volkswagen source wishing to remain unnamed told IL that an important part of the automaker’s ambitious plan (to sell 800,000 VW brand cars in the U.S. by 2018) is the pending decision as to whether or not the next-generation 2013 Golf hatchback should be built in Chattanooga alongside the new Passat. Chattanooga plant chief executive Frank Fischer has been quoted as saying that at current full capacity of 250,000, this total volume could be made up of three distinct production lines.

Volkswagen North America President and CEO Jonathan Browning has made it clear that VW here must do much more with both the Golf and modular architecture-sharing Tiguan small SUV. When IL pursued the issue further, we were told that it wouldn’t be out of the question to someday build the whole global Golf/Jetta/Tiguan/Scirocco compact family under the same roof as the North American Passat, a car designed for sale also in Canada, Mexico, South Korea and the Middle East.

By association, our contact confirmed the possibilities of the next Audi A3 and Q5 being built in Chattanooga as well, as they share that flexible global architecture.

Inside Line says: Frankly, such a move would be long overdue. Let’s just hope it’s not too little too late for VW’s ambitious North American goals. — Matt Davis, Correspondent

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More Tidbits – Reports show Volkswagen is considering producing it’s entire line of compact family cars at it’s Chattanooga plant including the next Audi A3 and Q5 SUV. Recent auto industry trade publications have also reported Porsche, one of Volkswagen’s premium brands, is considering producing vehicles in the United States, naming the Chattanooga plant as a possible production facility.

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