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Volkswagen Sharan undergoing testing at the AutoEuropa plant in Palmela, Portugal

Volkswagen is planning to open a new test track in Tennesee to accompany the $1 billion plant the automaker is opening in Chattanooga. The plant is being built to assemble a new family sedan targeted specifically towards the American market, and the test facility will be used to develop the vehicle. However it could also serve as a location for customers to pick up and try out their new vehicles in the security of a closed-track setting.

Volkswagen pointed out that the track, which will join the company's existing Gila Bend facility in Arizona, won't necessarily be a high-speed circuit, pointing towards the track at its headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, where vehicles never exceed 85 mph. High speed testing takes place primarily at the company's Ehra-Lessien track, with a six-mile straight that allows for Veyron-style 250-mph runs. No more details were offered on the nature of the test track, but we're sure more will become available as construction progresses in Chattanooga, so stay tuned.

[Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press via The German Car Blog]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Do like everybody else and go to the Nürburgring.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Naw, it would only get halfway around and the water pump would fail.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It'll be nice to see how this all pans out. I live about 8 minutes away :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that the new Volkswagen Lumina in the picture? Did they also get a hot deal on crappy minivans from GM?
        • 6 Years Ago
        ..Volkswagen Sharan...developed with Ford Europe..Ford Galaxy and VW's Spanish subsidiary got one aswell..SEAT Alahmbra
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, it's the VW Sharan, part of a JV with Ford and produced between 1995 and 2006. Ford's version was the Galaxy and Seat's the Alhambra.