Volkswagen of America is the North American subsidiary of the German parent company, Volkswagen Group. They import, build and sell a variety of VW vehicles. Here are some interesting facts about them.
Sells 5 nameplates: Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen cars
Headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia near Herndon.
Founded in 1955 in New Jersey
VW’s sales share of 7 percent in 1970 is an all-time peak
As of 2007, there were 596 VW dealerships in the USA
Opened Chattanooga production facility in 2011 after $1B investment – Passat is built there
Plant has created an estimated 12,400 jobs
May, 2013 – Chattanooga production plant builds 250,000 Passat Sedan
The Chattanooga production plant is one of the “greenest” plants in the world with an extensive solar panel system
Sold more than 430k vehicles in 2012
Hyper-milers set world record for fuel economy in the lower 48 states with 77.99 mpg
Despite new challengers, the VW Jetta is still top selling diesel compact car by a wide margin