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Unions and southern auto plants go together like ice cream socials and diabetes, but the mere thought of an organized Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga must give Tennessee Senator Bob Corker bad dreams. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Corker was asked by VW to give input as to whether or not the facility should take a pro-United Auto Workers stance. The senator reportedly told representatives at the German autoworker that the presence of organized labor would be "highly detrimental."


First Toyota, now Volkswagen? According to the boys from Motor Trend, VeeDub is seriously considering entering into the bastion of American motorsport. That's right, NASCAR. While rumors of VW fielding a Formula 1 team have swirled for quite some time, this is the second time we've heard that the German automaker is considering American stock cars and oval tracks.


Volkswagen NMS renderings – Click above for high-res image gallery


Volkswagen has officially announced plans to construct a new powerplant facility in Mexico. Designed to crank out a total of 330,000 engines a year, the Silao plant will cost the company $550 million to build and will bring around 700 jobs to the area. VW says that the new factory is key to its strategy for expansion, and it will help provide engine components for both the new Jetta, which is built in Puebla, Mexico and the company's New Midsize Sedan (NMS), which is slated to be built in the co


2012 Volkswagen Passat – Click above for high-res image gallery


2011 Volkswagen NMS Sketch No. 2 – Click above to enlarge


2011 Volkswagen NMS Sketch No. 2 – Click above to enlarge


Although the ceremonial opening of Volkswagen's new plant in Chattanooga has been delayed, locals are anticipating the arrival of what is shaping up to be the largest employer in town. Case in point: local television station WRCB has managed to get hold of a concept rendering of what Volkswagen will be building in their backyard. Called the New Mid-size Sedan (NMS) in the interim, the as-yet unnamed sedan should be rolling off the Tennessee assembly line within a couple of years. If it ends up l


WRCB Chattanooga is fast becoming the go-to source for info on Volkswagen's upcoming New Midsize Sedan, a.k.a. the NMS. They were the ones who brought us a rather unrevealing video from Berlin containing a few morsels of information about this car that will slot in between the Jetta and Passat. The local Tennessee station does have a vested interested in NMS news, as the new sedan will be produced exclusively in North America at Volkswagen's new plant being built in Chattanooga.

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