Potential labor woes aside, it looks like Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN factory must have done something that impressed the bosses in Germany, because it sounds like the three-year-old factory is set to score a second model.

The factory currently builds the Passat, and has been in the running alongside VW's Puebla, Mexico factory to build a new crossover vehicle, likely based on the CrossBlue Concept. According to Bloomberg, a pair of unnamed sources have confirmed that Chattanooga is the favorite ahead of an official announcement.

When last we heard about the CrossBlue Concept, word was that a production decision had been delayed over concerns about the three-row CUV's business case. That August 2013 story claimed that a decision regarding the CrossBlue would be pushed back until early in 2014, which means we're ripe for some sort of news, whether good or bad.

Us? We'd be a little shocked if VW didn't pull the trigger on a CrossBlue-sized utility sooner rather than later. After all, the automaker has hugely ambitious volume targets that are slipping away, the CUV market is red hot, and the two-row Tiguan is aging (and a bit too expensive) and the five-seat Touareg is a premium-priced offering. In other words, there's a hole in the company's lineup big enough to drive a CrossBlue-shaped truck through.


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      Aurio Salimonne
      • 11 Months Ago
      They do really need it,shame the Van design in 2000 was never build,even today looks great!
        pickles
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Aurio Salimonne
        That van was an astonishgly appealing concept. Built today, it would revolutionize the van market. But... VW can't even tell SUVs are popular so why would they make a van they've already designed? This is one uptight company...
      • 11 Months Ago
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      Will
      • 11 Months Ago
      Isn't the Tourag a mid-sized CUV? So how's this "filling a hole"?
        rdchappell
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Will
        it will have 3 rows (a la highlander, enclave, etc.) and be cheaper.
      • 11 Months Ago
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      cpmanx
      • 11 Months Ago
      Chattanooga has a capacity of 170,000 vehicles a year, and was supposed to grow to produce more. Passat sales in the US are running just over 100,000 a year and falling, so the plant needs additional volume to justify VW's investment. See, for instance: http://www.autonews.com/article/20130419/OEM01/130419877/vw-lays-off-500-in-chattanooga-as-passat-sales-fall-short
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 11 Months Ago
      "Potential labor woes aside, it looks like Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN factory must have done something that impressed the bosses in Germany, because it sounds like the three-year-old factory is set to score a second model." REALLY? The boring Passat has sold to pretty much anyone who wanted one, and the factory is running slow. Of course they need to build the crossover there, or give up!
      Semislicks
      • 11 Months Ago
      As much as I hate dullness of most VW cars, they are sooo well build and currently posses the best automotive tech in the world. I can't wait to see VW cars (Audis and Porsches too) across whole of USA and Canada. Invasion of the polite kind. In couple of years VW Group will take first place and due to consistent developement and investment its going to walk all over GM and Toyota. Hopefully they'll take over Alfa Romeo after upcoming major flopp and make a proper sports brand out of it, like they did with Lambo and Porsche.
        A P
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Semislicks
        Lie much or are you completely divorced from reality? That is the same BS that the idiot fanbois were spouting three years ago. Stupid is as stupid does.
        J
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Semislicks
        Your sarcasm obviously went WAY over the heads of the three posters who downvoted you...
      Mr Sled
      • 11 Months Ago
      Will be roomy, fun to drive, and completely unreliable.
      VDuB
      • 11 Months Ago
      Awesome news. Hopefully they can price this right. The Touareg is way too expensive. Its almost the same price as the Q7.
      Pete
      • 11 Months Ago
      VW's quest for world domination is slipping away. This is one more example of boring design that IS becoming stale. YAWN
        harper
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Pete
        I like the design of the VW way better than let's say trendy Honda CRV or Hyundai Tucson. But I would buy Honda for their reliability, lower TCO and higher resale value.
      A P
      • 11 Months Ago
      Dreary, unreliable......so what else is new for a VW? Sales goals are not "slipping" away.....they are GONE!. Snotty dealers, crappy reliability, boring products and massive arrogance have got VW to the place they are in now. The best part of all of this is the arrogance of all of the VW fanbois from just a few years ago make them look like the creeps they were and are. We were told that VW was not stoppable and that quality would be world class by now. Well, VW has been stopped cold in the US and quality is just as blah as ever. The myth of superior German engineering is just as false now as ever.
      herrstreet
      • 11 Months Ago
      I don't know why but I absolutely hate this car. I've had 4 vws over the years and this just looks horrible to me.
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