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    Official: Volkswagen hiring 800 workers in Chattanooga to meet Passat demand
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    How well is Volkswagen doing with its new made-in-America Passat? What if we told you that sales in February were up 14,523.2 percent? Okay, perhaps that isn't the best measure of performance, given that there wasn't actually a 2011 model year Passat. But VW moved 8,189 of the midsize sedans last ...

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    Official: Nissan offers to make Peyton Manning a Tennessee Titan... sort of *UPDATE
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    In yet another case of a carmaker hoping to get media coverage by giving a vehicle to a millionaire celebrity who probably doesn't want it (and certainly doesn't need it), Nissan has offered to build a Titan pickup for Peyton Manning. Or at least it has issued a press release to that effect. The ...

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    Confirmed: Passat popularity has VW hiring an extra 200 in Chattanooga
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    The good people of Tennessee are no doubt thrilled to have a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. The facility already features well over 2,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs, and now the German automaker is bolstering employment by another 200 full-time VW staffers, boosting the employment total to ...

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    Official: Nissan agrees to make engines for Mercedes in Tennessee
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    Mercedes-Benz and Nissan plan on working together in the future, sharing the Mercedes A-Class platform and engines in an effort save cash on engineering and manufacturing resources. A big part of that collaboration is now official with a joint engine announcement. Nissan will produce high-end ...

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    Followup: Infiniti QX-powered boat continues construction
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    Over the summer, we posted on a project being undertaken by students at the Tennessee Technical Center-Nashville and Nashville State Community College: prepare a 400-horsepower, 5.6-liter V8 from an Infiniti QX56 for seafaring duty in a 20-foot Chris-Craft. The engine's transformation is nearly ...

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    Report: Nissan UAW's most likely target?
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    It appears the UAW has not finished casting about for a transplanted carmaker to target for unionization. Recent months have seen small-arms fire aimed at BMW and Hyundai, now UAW head Bob King has pointed artillery at Nissan, with King "accusing the Japanese automaker of unspecified human rights ...

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    Video: Tennessee man attempts murder with truck by driving through store
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    Have you ever watched something only to think, What the heck is that guy smoking? Well that wouldn't come even close to explaining this latest incident as seen here on a store's surveillance cameras. One Erik Whittaker, 40, intentionally drove his Toyota Tundra pickup straight through the front ...

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    Report: ILVTOFU: Tennessee woman denied to display her love of tofu
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    Tofu – some love it, some hate it. For those who don't know, tofu originated in China and is a staple in many Asian dishes. It's made by pressing coagulating soy milk into block-shaped forms, and it's high in protein and low in calories and fat. Hence, it's standard fare for many ...

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    Exclusive: Volkswagen mulling North American production of Golf, won't be Jetta-fied
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    According to a senior source inside Volkswagen of America, the German automaking giant is considering bringing production of the next generation Golf to North America. But why? And where? The reason behind the potential move is obvious: Shifting some of the assembly from Wolfsburg, Germany to ...

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    Report: Tennessee ranks top in automotive manufacturing strength
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    Ask anyone in the country to name the state that they believe is the best place to build automobiles. We'd wager that Michigan would be the first state uttered by most – it's the home to Ford, Chrysler and General Motors, after all). The correct answer, however, according to Business ...

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    Video: NASCAR pastor's prayer gets the Songify treatment
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    Talk about gilding the lily – just when you thought the pastor's prayer at last weekend's NASCAR race at Nashville Superspeedway couldn't get any better, someone has found a way to do it. In case you missed it, Pastor Joe Nelms of the Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, delivered ...

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    Infiniti trades miles for knots with QX56-powered luxury boat project
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    Yes, we obsessively cover the auto industry, but that doesn't mean we don't enjoy other modes of transportation. We may even get downright giddy when two different worlds collide, like for example, when a boat is powered by a large automobile engine. Infiniti must feel the same way because the ...

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    Video: Pastor's invocation at NASCAR race has 'em rollin' in the aisles
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    Make no mistake about it, ladies and gents: The South is NASCAR country. It just also happens to run clean through the Bible Belt. And if we had a nickel for every time we saw racin' and Jesus crossing paths, well... we'd have ourselves a whole bunch of nickels! NASCAR races often start with a ...

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    Featured: Volkswagen: What's Going On With Chattanooga's Newest Resident - Part 2
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    Check out Volkswagen: What's Going On With Chattanooga's Newest Resident - Part 1 The 1,400-acre greenfield site that contains the $1-billion, 2.5-million-square-foot Chattanooga plant joins Volkswagen's electronics research lab in Silicon Valley, the largest group research center outside of ...

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    Report: Volkswagen Tiguan to be built in North America?
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    Volkswagen is reportedly seriously considering moving production of its compact Tiguan crossover to this side of the pond in an effort to cut costs. If the Tiguan moves to North America, it will likely be built alongside the Jetta and Passat. By moving production of the small CUV here, ...

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    Official: Nissan donates cash, offers employee pricing and delayed payments to Southern storm victims
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    Nissan Americas is offering employee pricing and delayed finance payments to victims of the recent tornadoes and floods across the southeastern U.S. The latest gesture comes after the company donated $115,000 to the Red Cross to help with the relief efforts. Qualified buyers, meaning those from ...

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    General Motors invests $483 million in Spring Hill facility, rehires 483 workers
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    General Motors has announced that it will invest a total of $483 million in its Spring Hill, Tennessee powertrain facility by 2012. The news comes as GM continues to move toward building more fuel-efficient engines. The automaker says that the next-generation Ecotec four-cylinder engine, complete ...

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    Report: Currency fluctuations put plans for U.S. Audi plant on hold
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    The global economy is currently doing its best impression of your uncle Larry's waterbed on a Friday night, and while that means you can get a swinging deal on a vacation to Greece right now, it also means the value of currencies around the planet are all over the map. Few manufacturers know that ...

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    VW USA requiring mandatory fitness program before working in TN factory
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    Get a job, get in shape. Or something like that. Whatever you want to call it, Volkswagen is taking the rather unusual step of putting all of the newly hired production line workers at its new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee into a mandatory fitness program before they can begin working. Why? ...

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    Video: Kids arrested for using SUV to waterski on Tennessee floodwaters
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    Click above to watch the video after the jump
    The flooding in Tennessee has been nothing short of catastrophic, with 19 deaths and billions of dollars in damage. And Tennessee residents don't only have a monumental clean-up on their hands. There are plenty of closed roads, stores and schools ...

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