Volkswagen Plant Expansion
While the auto show season is over in the US and in Europe, in the far east it’s still going strong.
Witness, this stunning Mercedes-Benz concept style coupe that greeted the press and public alike at Beijing’s 2012 Auto China. This coupe-roofed four-door concept is said to closely resemble the new B-class sedan that will go on sale here in the US next year. Mercedes wants to ensure its fans that just because it is going to become more serious about small cars, they will still include the progressive style and technology of the brand’s larger models.
When it comes to making progress fast, regardless of the road, Lamborghini beats all comers with its new Urus super suv. Sharing the basics with premium Volkswagen utilities like the Porsche Cayenne, the expected 600 horsepower, coupe-look Urus will likely go into production in 2015.
Lamborghini’s German parent company Volkwagen is also seeing their American fortunes on the rise. They recently announced it will add another 800 new jobs at its manufacturing facility in Chattanooga to help meet demand for their fast selling Passat sedan. The hiring will give Volkswagen the ability to build 170,000 mid-size Passat’s a year. VW expects the plant’s employment to reach 3500 by year’s end. The added staff will allow the plant to run two shifts a day, six days a week. VW is enjoying a strong US showing with overall brand sales up 26% in 2011, and a gain of over 40% so far this year. The plant, which only opened last May, currently builds only Passat sedans. But a Passat-based crossover utility may be added in the near future.
Volkswagen hopes to triple its US auto sales to 1 million vehicles by 2018. And that’s the latest automotive update for this week’s Motor News.