Introduced for the first time during this November Los Angeles Motor Show, the new Volkswagen Atlas is now ready to reach its first customers in the US.
Volkswagen Chattanooga today marked the beginning of series production of the Volkswagen Atlas. This marks the beginning of the process of building inventory for market introduction of the Atlas in 2017.
In conjunction with the facilities expansion, Volkswagen Chattanooga continues to grow its workforce to meet the production demands of adding the Atlas to the existing Passat line. Volkswagen Chattanooga currently employs 2800 team members—up from 2400 this summer, and will continue to bring on board additional employees throughout the ramp up of the Volkswagen Atlas.
The Atlas is built alongside the Passat at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant, the result of an additional $900 million investment by Volkswagen in the facility. The expansion added over 665,000 square feet to the facility (a 26% total increase in production space), growing each shop to accommodate the integration of the Atlas.
Hinrich J. Woebcken, CEO of the North America Region, Volkswagen said: “We are so proud that this vehicle was not only designed for the American market, but we built it in our factory right here in Tennessee.”