CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Volkswagen's newest Passat is starting to roll into dealerships across America after receiving a minor makeover, officials at its Chattanooga assembly plant said Friday.

While the 2013 Passat looks the same from the outside as last year's model, it holds 130 parts improvements, said Sam Elliott, a VW technical specialist at the plant.

"They are small continuous improvement items," he said.

One key change is a new center console that gives added storage room and removes a small door off the area where the cupholders are located, said Jason Swager, a research and development manager for VW.

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