The automotive company German Volkswagen (VW) returns to produce in the United States after more than 20 years, for which a plant in the state of Tennessee was inaugurated east Tuesday festively, in the south of the country.
The president of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, who also celebrated his birthday 64,declared that the German manufacturer of automobiles is way to the success in the United States. The secretary of North American Transport,, also participated in the ceremony in Chattanooga, the North American state of Tennessee.
“The lists of orders are to top”, said to Winterkorn when baptizing the plant. “This it could be a year record for the company in total sales”.
VW still has red numbers in the American sales because the majority of the models is concerned to price of Euro, which returns them expensive for the North American buyers. This would have to change when they are begun to make models in the United States.
The Tennessee plant will produce a larger version of the European Passat and Jetta with the logo made in Mexico, is expected to boost U.S. sales.
The objective of Winterkorn is to sell 800,000 models of VW in the United States for 2018, besides the 200,000 Audi models premium, adding a total of a million dollars. That would be around the six percent of the projected American market, indicated VW.
The opening celebrations began Monday in New York when Winterkorn promised a multimillionaire support in dollars for the Museum of Modern Art. At night, it had dinner with famous like, the widow of John , , and the star of the series “Sex and the City” .
Winterkorn wants that the expansion in the United States is the base of their objective to turn to the company into the manufacturing unit for most of automobiles of the world for 2018.
The last VW left the assembly line in 1988, in Pennsylvania, where the model Golf of VW began to take place in 1978. In the last years, the sales of VW in the United States were relegated in comparison with those of foreign rivals like Hyundai and Kia of Korea, and represent as soon as a small fraction of the sales of giants like General Motors, Ford and Toyota.
VW has invested 1,000 million dollars to develop the plant in Chattanooga, which began producing several weeks ago. When the plant is at the level of total production, will employ 2,000 workers and produce 150,000 Passats.