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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 month after selling 6,318 in January.

While that's but a fraction of the 34,543 February sales for the Toyota Camry, it's enough that VW is adding another 800 jobs at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant that builds the car. That's the second ramp-up this year - VW already announced the addition of 200 jobs last month.

"Quite plainly, we need more Passats to meet the market demand and I'm glad that we can respond so quickly by adding staff in Chattanooga," said VW's U.S. President and CEO, Jonathan Browning.

VW currently employs over 2,700 people at the plant, though 500 actually work for a "staffing partner." VW says the new jobs will be filled both by those contract employees already working at the plant and by new hires. Positions include production, supervisors, quality engineers, and other professionals roles. Click past the jump to read the full press release.Continue reading Volkswagen hiring 800 workers in Chattanooga to meet Passat demand
Volkswagen hiring 800 workers in Chattanooga to meet Passat demand originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 23 Mar 2012 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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