• Mar 26, 2008
VW hasn't yet publicly committed to building one or even two factories in the U.S. (though it's apparently considering the South, specifically South Carolina), but is making statements that sound like it's definitely on the way. VW's head of production, Jochem Heizmann, has said that the requirements for a factory are that: it not be in a hurricane zone, it be near a major airport, and that there be "no other production car in the vicinity" -- or at least, Google Translate said that for him.
The factory that will might be coming in 2011 will also source, according to Heizmann, 80% of its parts locally, or at least, in the dollar zone, which again rules out a factory in Mexico. The first couple of years it will produce up to 150,000 cars, with full production being 250,000. The boon to whatever region is chosen should obviously be significant. The reason for all this, according to Heizmann, is that in addition to developing cars with U.S. tastes in mind, the current Passat is too expensive by at least $4,000.

[Source: Auto Bild via German Car Blog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Passat IS a very nice car, but they are bang on the money - no pun intended - that it is too expensive for what it is, no matter how much 'refined, german engineering' there is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about Greensboro, NC? Out of immediate hurricane threat, good, albeit small, airport, and a direct rail connection to the ports at Wilmington and Morehead City for those parts that do need to be imported.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Good to hear. Hopefully this not just an empty statement, being they have yet to commit to building here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      lol on the one hand I'm happy the US will have more manufacturing jobs.

      On the other hand, I know this just means VW thinks the US dollar will continue to devalue into oblivion, since the only reason they're moving it here is because the US dollar is crazy cheap compared to Euros.

      I wouldn't be surprised if VW ships VW's back to Europe from here to save on labor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      AS much as I would like to see Michigan recover from it's economic woes, the car industry isn't likely to be part of it as long as the UAW is not living in the 21st century. I know there is a higher cost of living (albeit NOT property right now), but come on......
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why don't they just take over either Ford or GM plants here in Atlanta and retool one of them? There is no other car manufacturer in the vicinity (Kia is at the alabama border), and you can't get a better airport than Atlanta. Plus GA could use some of that money right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chattanooga, TN has a mega site listed and according to the Mayor in a recent speech there will be a major anoucement in the near future. This site has been a finalist for Toyota twice. We will see.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully this is correct and VW does not simply expand it's Mexican factory.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i heard a rumor that windsor, ontario was in the running. but, you know about rumors....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Their old Westmoreland County, PA Plant, the last I knew is owned by Sony.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Your foreign currency does go much farther here.

      You can buy a GTI in the UK for 20k pounds. That's $40k in the US. For that money, you can get a fully loaded R32 and have enough left over to service it :P.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heck, you get get a R32 without nav for $29000 if you finance with VW.
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