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Strong VW sales good news for East Tennessee economy

 

a302d2ef6a6f5800030f6a706700d741.jpgVolkswagen of America Inc. today reported that 2011 sales were the best in nine years, helped by an strong increase in sales of the Chattanooga-built Passat.

Total VW sales in the Unites States last year were 324,402 units, a 26.3 percent increase from 2010 and the best since 2002, the company announced.

Passat sales soared in 2011 with 22,779 units sold, a 124 percent increase from 2010.

 

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Host electric vehicle charging station at your business

Knoxville area businesses interested in hosting an electric vehicle charging station can learn
011610nissan.jpg.jpgeverything they need to know on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at a seminar at the Knoxville Chamber, 17 Market Square.

The information session will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The agenda includes an overview of the electric vehicle program that eventually will place hundreds of charging stations in publicly accessible locations throughout the Knoxville area.

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Smiles for new VW plant; Frowns for Nissan Leaf

Volkswagen’s new plant nearing completion in Chattanooga is the subject of a favorable report on Forbes.com.

012010vwdealers036.jpg“The German carmaker is halfway through building one of the world’s cleanest automobile plants,” says the story by Jim Motavalli.

Read full VW story here.

Not so favorable, is the accompanying report on the Leaf, Nissan’s new electric car being built in Rutherford County, Tennessee.

“Turns out it might not be so green for its bottom line,” writes Josh Wolfe.

Read the Leaf report here

Photo: Angela Lewis/ Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Tennessee makes Site Selection lists

Economic development efforts in Tennessee were among the most successful in the country in 2009, Site Selection magazine said on Monday.

Nissan North America’s announcement last year that it would invest $2.5 billion to retool its Smyrna, Tenn., operations to produce lithium-ion batteries and the LEAF electric vehicle was one of the Top North American Deals of 2009, the magazine said.

The project is expected to generate 1,300 jobs.

 

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