VW Opens Tennessee Plant, Pushes Passat

Fans of German auto engineering are excited about the Volkswagen company’s new auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where production is already underway, and the company plans to start cranking out a lot of new Volkswagen Passat sedans for the North American market.

The new Tennessee plant is a new milestone for the German company’s interaction with American drivers; the last time Volkswagen produced cars in the U.S. was 1987. Now, with cars already coming out of the plant for the Mexican market, Volkswagen is all set to send more of its new car lineup to over 600 dealerships stateside. Internal Volkswagen web reports show the first “customer car” coming off of the line on April 18, with an intention to debut the vehicle on the market in late 2011. This “demo model” runs on a 2.5L engine and rides on 18 inch wheels, with lots of attractive features for a market where extras are the new thing, as new car buyers often seek bigger, more expansive feature packages at the dealership.

The Volkswagen Passat will figure prominently in the company’s expansion. When it comes to buying and financing this impressive ride, American consumers might benefit from big local inventories, as well as the option to buy a car with a diesel engine. According to industry reports, the new Volkswagen Passat will be the only diesel sedan available without a luxury badge, and the combination of fuel savings and dealer incentives just might be a boon for new car buyers looking for the next big deal. According to recent coverage of the issue from America’s best-selling daily, U.S.A. Today, the Volkswagen company seeks to keep the MSRP for the new Passat pegged at $20,000, and it’s likely that this savvy auto maker will make the right concessions on pricing, interest rates and more to entice new car buyers who need good auto financing deals to get behind the wheel. Keep looking for new sale and car financing offers from Volkswagen as this U.S. facility begins to ramp up production, and you could benefit quite a lot from the “new wave” of German engineered vehicles.