Volkswagen Opening Engineering Center In Chattanooga
Volkswagen is launching an engineering center at its factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. to help improve the automaker’s fortunes in the United States.
Chattanooga Times Free Press reports hiring for the facility has begun, with the aim of bringing aboard 130 engineers and technicians — some of whom coming straight out of local and out-of-state universities — by 2017, with 70 more to be hired later on.
Speaking of 2017, Volkswagen also hopes to have a new building near the factory for the engineering center, which will be housed in a vacant building on the factory grounds in the meantime. Though building costs and size haven’t been determined, VW Group of America executive vice president Dr. Matthias Erb says the new center “could have its own vehicle test track and crash facility.”
Erb adds the Chattanooga center will also be the hub of coordination for all of the automaker’s R&D, design and engineering units in the U.S. and Mexico — currently handled in Michigan and Ohio — as well as help Volkswagen better serve consumers’ needs and bring new products to market sooner for the North American market.
VW should understand that North Americans drive on average 12000 miles per year unlike thier European friends that drive less than half that mileage. VW cars wear out faster in the US and cost considerable more than most other cars sold here.
Let me tell you why this is a non-story. After being in the bowels of *the* major German Tier 1 and a customer of essentially the other one... Exactly ZERO major design decisions are made outside of Germany / Austria. This "Engineering Center" will be nothing more than plant support for pilot builds and other front line, "Fire Fights". Its basically a local buffer to protect that 40 (+/- 0) hour work week back home.
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Boy do we have some VW hate today. Always the same line. Toyota and Honda's run for millions of miles with no oil changes or parts replaced. No one mentions the recalls ruined engines, bad transmissions and i could go on. A car is made up of many parts and some parts fail. If a car is taken care of it will last a long time. If you just forget about servicing the car it will only go so far. I have owned many cars from Toyota to VW and to my way of thinking i like the VW best. If you want to drive a Toyota or Honda that is fine with me. As to HerrKelevn's BS about not being able to get the proper oil for a VW oil change. Walmart (that's right) sells Mobil 1 motor oil both in 1 Qt & 5 Qt containers with the large container going for $25.00. I wish people would check their facts before posting. In my area they use a lot of salt on the roads and a 10 year old Japanese car will have quite a bit of rust but the European & American cars seem to hold up better.