Two hundred jobs will be created at Volkswagen AG’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., under its plan to increase its production volume for the VW Passat by 13%. From 31 redesigned Passats every hour, the plant intends to produce 35 units hourly. VW asserted that the new jobs will be included in the two shifts at the plants and will represent full-time employment. The facility currently has a staff of 2,000 workers while 500 are employed by Aerotek, its staffing partner.
Volkswagen said that it is looking for people to be placed in production as well as those who would serve as its engineers and supervisors.
The plant, which cost $1 billion to build, is at the center of a plan to increase the yearly sales of the VW brand in the U.S. to 800,000 by the year 2018. Last year, its sales reached 324,402 units, about 26% higher than the 256,830 units sold in 2010. The overall market had a 10% increase.
“These 200 new positions are all full-time Volkswagen jobs ,” said Ryan Rose, General Manager of Human Resources. “We will use this opportunity to hire many of our current Aerotek contract employees. So, Aerotek will be recruiting to fill full-time contract production positions that will open up as a result.We will also be hiring additional supervisors and engineers – so there are a lot of opportunities.”
The Volkswagen Passat is among the most successful cars worldwide with more than 15 million units sold. Now you have the 7th generation Passat that is completely restyled and is more impressive with the front end taking its cue from the Phaeton. The new Passat also has the latest technology in both the estate car and saloon versions. The technological innovations are seen in the entry level Passat Trendline, the mid-level Comfortline and the top of the line Passat Highline.
New Volkswagen Passat has a grille that features four crossmembers. This is only the second time that the German automaker has used such a grille, the first was on the VW Phaeton in 2010. The grille on the Passat matches the height of the headlights. Underneath the grille, you can find the narrower radiator grille that has a pair of crossmembers that is typical of both the Phaeton and the Passat.
Volkswagen Group head of design Walter de Silva and Volkswagen Brand head of design Klaus Bischoff has intentionally selected this distinctive feature on the radiator grille to underscore the status of the Phaeton and the Passat as the company’s higher positioned cars, following their company’s design DNA.
The new design on the front end gives the Passat a very dominant look. It measures 4,769 mm long and 1,820 mm wide, and brings with it a stronger presence and more dynamism. The height of the Passat has also remained unchanged.
The dominant look of the Passat is enhanced by the pair of headlamps with optional bi-xenon lamps and daytime running lights with LED lamps. Each one of the daytime running light has 15 bulbs. The bumper takes on the body color, while beneath that you have the air intake that has chrome plated winglets as frames, giving it a look that resembles the wing tips of a commercial airplane.