DETROIT (Times Free Press) -- The sportiest, and some might say flashiest member of the Volkswagen Passat family soon could arrive at a nearby dealer with a made-in-Chattanooga badge.

The Passat Performance concept, boasting a new-to-America turbocharged engine and more robust styling and driving features, was rolled out here at the North American International Auto Show.

Frank Fischer, chief executive for VW's Chattanooga operations, said that if the concept is given approval, assembly will take place at the automaker's plant in Chattanooga.

"Any derivative of the Passat always will be made in Chattanooga," he said.

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