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Chattanooga workers finish 10,000th VW Passat

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Local employees finished their 10,000th Volkswagen Passat on Thursday in the new manufacturing facility at Enterprise South.

The VW team posed for a picture to share with the media marking the milestone.

"The ramp-up process is on target for market introduction and our team is really hitting its stride," Frank Fischer, CEO said in a news release to Channel 3 Eyewitness News.

The 10,000th Passat built in Chattanooga is a white TDI clean diesel with a premium chrome package. The Passat has just earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK rating for 2011, the highest possible from the non-profit safety research organization.

Volkswagen announced plans to build in Chattanooga on July 15, 2008 after local and state governments promised tax incentives. The company says it is investing $1 billion in the local economy. 

Local employees finished the first customer car on April 18, 2011 and the plant officially opened on May 24, 2011. Channel 3 Eyewitness News was in Detroit when the car made its world debut at the International Auto Show in January 2011.

This number includes pre-series cars, technical training cars, dealer experience cars and customer cars. Volkswagen's new Americanized and less expensive version of the Passat goes on sale in a week or two.

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