It hasn't been without incident or union organizing drive, but the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN has built its 250,000 Passat in just a little over two years. The Night Blue Passat TDI with black leather has come just two years and five weeks after the first customer car came off the line on April 18, 2011.

In the last year the plant operated at the 150,000-unit capacity that it was intended for, but the downturn in Passat sales and subsequent worker layoffs mean it will be a challenge to repeat the feat. The plant does have the world's largest solar park, though, and you can't take that away from them.

You'll find the official hand-clapping in the press release below.
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VOLKSWAGEN CHATTANOOGA BUILDS 250,000th PASSAT SEDAN

Chattanooga, Tenn., 05.23.2013 - Volkswagen Chattanooga announced today that its workforce has produced the 250,000th Passat midsized sedan.

The car, produced in Volkswagen's LEED Platinum-certified factory, is Night Blue with black leather interior. It is powered by Volkswagen's high-mileage TDI clean-diesel engine and features navigation, a sunroof and 18-inch alloy wheels. It also offers the amazing sonic experience provided by the Volkswagen Fender premium audio system.

"Two years ago our team members had just learned to build cars," said Frank Fischer, CEO and Chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga. "Today we celebrate a quarter of a million Volkswagen Passats from Chattanooga. I am very proud of this team."

The Volkswagen Chattanooga team celebrated completion of the first customer car on April 18, 2011, and the 100,000th on May 31, 2012. The 250,000 milestone sedan was celebrated with the nearly 2,700 team members during a meeting this week.

About Volkswagen Chattanooga
Volkswagen has invested $1 billion in the local economy for the Chattanooga plant and has created more than 5,000 jobs in the region. According to independent studies, the Volkswagen plant is expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs related to its investment. The Chattanooga manufacturing facility builds the Passat Sedan, specifically designed for the North American market and winner of the Motor Trend magazine 2012 Car of the Year award. In 2012, it produced more than 152,400 Volkswagen Passats. Volkswagen Chattanooga is the first and still only car factory worldwide with a LEED Platinum certification. It is also certified according to ISO 9001 for its quality management system, according to ISO 14001 for its environmental management system and according to ISO 50001 for its energy management system.


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      DooMMasteR
      • 1 Year Ago
      is VW paying well compared to the other big (Toyota, GM, Ford)?
        Max Bramante
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        The fact is that Toyota is undeniably reliable while VW not.
        ChrisH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @DooMMasteR
        the mentality is different down South, really it is
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the Passat. But how come dealers won\'t stock the light blue with the cornsilk interior it\'s always black that\'s too hot inside.
      x percent
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is every single person in that photo white? Sure doesn't look like America. The fatherland maybe. What's up with that VW?
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        David
        • 1 Year Ago
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        Only someone race-obsessed would be looking for that in the photo.
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        E85 450HP Forester
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        @x percent
        Is ******* like you that make blacks a minority in this country. You guys isolate yourselves under afirmative action and crap like that. We are all equal now, go on with your life stop thinking about the color of someone's skin.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @E85 450HP Forester
          Although I agree with the sentiment, it is numbers that make blacks a minority, and nothing else.
          Quen47
          • 1 Year Ago
          @E85 450HP Forester
          Says a straight white male I'm guessing? Please, tell us more about the experience of minorities in the US. I'm sure they could use your insight on their experiences.
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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW shouldn't be surprised Passat sales have tanked; they don't even offer Xenon headlights. It's a nice car, the styling is just kind of dull and it's lacking features that their competitors offer.
        ZOZ
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        Passat looks kinda bland, but then again many of the hot-sellings in this segment do. What is even worse to me is that exterior styling is not enough different from Jetta...
          ZOZ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ZOZ
          If you're not biased/worried about driving a Korean brand for sure the optima looks more attractive. However, Optima was available a little earlier which might mean the real number could be around 3x or 4x On the other hand Optima is fighting vs Sonata too, which is somehow not a real competition. So, the Koreans are a clear winner here.
        funguy6713
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        I agree but it seems that in China, where the sell they same Passat, they offer a more hig-spec Passat with LEDs, 20\" rims, more upscale features...you can check VW\'s Chinese website... http://www.svw-volkswagen.com/zh/models/newpassat/Highlights.html#/flash=0f4917e057381f6b50ea5924befa4ad9@%E5%85%B8%E5%B0%9A%E4%B9%8B%E7%BE%8E
        E85 450HP Forester
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        thumbs up to that coming from someone who has strong ties to VW Chat.
      AngeloD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good job by the VW workers in Tenn, But I can't help but think it would have been 350,000 if VW didn't have such a poor rep for quality. They need to take component quality and reliability much more seriously. It's really the only thing holding VW back now.
        johnbravo6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        You can build many or you can build well. The consumer views cars as cheap appliances. Nothing is holding VW back except consumer demand. The 2000-2010 decade they were well made, really good cars. Now, they've taken about 10 steps down to sell more cars. They have a burden to sell to as many lemmings as possible as one of 15 companies that are allowed to sell cars to like 100 million people. Race to the bottom.
          johnbravo6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnbravo6
          ...They won awards. Lots. Sorry, I had a TT, most of my friends had GTIs and R32s, A/S4s, Jettas, etc, etc. We were all pleased with our purchases.
          johnbravo6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @johnbravo6
          I don't have one anymore, if that makes you feel better? I don't know what your problem is, but I'm sorry for your attitude. It's a little sad.
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          @johnbravo6
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        Luis A. Martinez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AngeloD
        Many,many,many trades on VW cars that even when to regular oil changes,a Eurovan that don't start at 26k because she was told they don't need it till 100k,if any car is not treated right something bad is gong to happend.Used ones at a cheap dealer lot is not gong to help either,and as a proud owner and really picky with my service on either Audi,VW and now and old Grand Cherokee I can tell you they are quality cars,quality drives and awesome machine to spend the time driving,unlike many other brands also have a great trade value and a lot of clubs around to help too
      misterbertram
      • 1 Year Ago
      thats 25000 too many
        bonehead
        • 1 Year Ago
        @misterbertram
        So you are saying they should have only made 225,000
      vrit1202
      • 1 Year Ago
      Celebrating the fooling of 250000th customer with a German badge. Hope he/she won't get fed up when found out that visits to VW service centre are to be made on a regular basis
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vrit1202
        Fooling? I suppose that Toyota is "fooling" people by putting Japanese badges on Camrys, Corolllas, and Avalons, and that Honda is doing the same with Accords and Civics , and that Nissan is with Altimas...and that Hyundai is "fooling" people about Sonatas, Elantras, Santa Fes, etc,and BMW and Mercdes...
      Klinkster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volkswagon should be ashamed of itself with this press photo! Nary a visible minority anywhere in the room - this is hardly a cross representation of American (or Tennessee) society. We shouold have come a long way since 1939...but clearly not for some.
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Klinkster
        Some will label it racist to point that out, but as Chattanooga is 35% African American and 5% Latino...you would think there would be one other.
        Avinash Machado
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Klinkster
        Stop trolling.
      Sir Duke
      • 1 Year Ago
      They must export the majority of that lot, I seriously doubt that even half of those are registered here in the US.
        Quen47
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sir Duke
        I'm pretty sure most of them are in North America given that the Tennessee Passat was built specifically for the US and Canada.
          FIDTRO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Quen47
          True, the Euro-spec Passat is a much different car, and it's much nicer as well.
        funguy6713
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sir Duke
        I see tons of them here in the NY Tri-State (NY-NJ-CT) area...
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        @Sir Duke
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          May
          • 1 Year Ago
          Germany is quite big market as well, there are plenty of others cars sold too. Germans drive fast, accelerate hard, use quality fuel and service their cars regularily and korean and american cars turn out to be the least reliable. The most reliable are Toyota, Mazda, Mercedes and VW. BMWs, Audis, Fords are somewhere in the middle, French and Italian cars are less than average but better than Chryslers, Jeeps, or Kias.
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          piggybox
          • 1 Year Ago
          My friends from German are very surprised when I tell them VW cars aren't reliable in US. Apparently VW quality in German is much better thus for the #1 market share there.
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      Derek L. Washington
      • 1 Year Ago
      AMANA Radarange on wheels
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good job VW
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