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VW in Chattanooga shipping 2012 Passats to be sold

CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Volkswagen has started shipping 2012 Passats that will be sold beginning in late September.

The German automaker's new plant in Chattanooga is shipping about 350 Passats daily to dealers. The exact starting date for sales of the new midsize sedan remains a mystery.

The manager of VW's outbound logistics in Chattanooga, Kevin Charlet, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that trainloads are going to West Coast dealers first.

Volkswagen of America spokesman Carsten Krebs said the launch is "1 of the most important events for Volkswagen in decades."

He said the Passat is "1 of the keys to VW's growth strategy" in America. VW has priced the base 2012 Passat with a 2.5-liter engine at $19,995.

On Sept. 15, television commercials are scheduled to start.

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