Said Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn in Automotive News: "The new mid-sized car which we want to build in America, we want only to sell in America." Enjoying nonstop growth of late, Volkswagen is in a position that U.S. domestic automakers can only dream of. As such, they have already broken ground on a $1 billion factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., that will produce up to 150,000 Volkswagens starting in 2011.
It is at this Chattanooga plant, which will ultimately have the capacity to build 250,000 vehicles per year, where Audi is considering producing more vehicles for sale in America. Part of the VW group, Audi wishes to double its U.S. sales by 2015 and is currently trying to decide where to produce that extra volume.
These are the kind of stories that out-of-work, disheartened Americans desperately want to hear, and it is indeed interesting that this boost to the U.S. economy is coming, no less, from Germany. Innovation and good planning are not owned by any one country or political ideology, it would seem. We need solutions right now for the legions of autoworkers who are--or will soon be--without work, and with any luck a flock of new factories will provide struggling Americans with at least some of jobs they so desperately need.--Colin Mathews