It’s the end of an era at the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant as the last Passat rolled off the production line last December. This ends a decade of Passat production in Tennessee, with nearly 800,000 Passat vehicles produced in that timeframe. Let’s take a look back at the vehicle’s history in America, and see what’s next for the Chattanooga plant.
History of the Passat in America
The Volkswagen Passat first hit the U.S. market in 1974. The very first Passat models were actually sold under the name Dasher, with more than 222,000 sold in the first generation. As the car entered its second generation, it was rebranded as the Quantum and saw similar success to its predecessor. The Passat name was used for the first time in 1990 and continued up to now as the Passat ends its run in the U.S. Since its introduction, the Passat has sold more than 1.8 million models.
For the first six Passat generations, Volkswagen imported the cars from Europe, but in 2011 the automaker moved production to Chattanooga. That plant continued building the sedan until last December, when production ended.
Up Next: Volkswagen ID.4 Production
Now that it’s no longer building the Passat, the Chattanooga Assembly Plant has a new challenge. Volkswagen is investing $800 million into the factory to equip it to build electrified vehicles, starting with the new ID.4. The plant will also be North America EV test hub for Volkswagen, paving the way for a greener future for the German automaker.
If you’d like to own one of the very last Passat models to roll off the Chattanooga production line, contact the sales team at Gossett Volkswagen of Germantown.