Posted: 02 Aug 2011 05:24 AM PDT
Volkswagen Group of America, Chattanooga Operations announced today that the company has hired its 2,000th employee, which completes the main Volkswagen team member work force for the factory which opened in May of this year.
“The Volkswagen Chattanooga team is highly motivated, ultra-professional and takes great pride in the 2012 Passat that we build,” said Frank Fischer, Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and chairman. “We have the right people in place and they are committed to the highest quality standards each and every day,” Fischer said.
Amanda Sullivan was the 2000th employee to be hired at the plant that opened this past May. She is a production team member in training to work in the Assembly shop and resident of nearby Cleveland, Tenn.
“We are very excited to have hired our 2000th employee and to have reached this milestone which fulfills our promise to Chattanooga and Hamilton County,” said Hans Herbert Jagla, executive vice president for Human Resources. “We found a dedicated, hard-working and trainable workforce right here in Tennessee and they are committed to the success of the Passat and Volkswagen Chattanooga,” Jagla said.
Hiring will continue through early fall at which time there will be about 2300 employees at the facility.
“This is not only another landmark day for Volkswagen, but also another example of how Volkswagen keeps its promises,” said Hamilton County Mayor, Jim Coppinger. “When Volkswagen announced their intention to build their new Passat in Hamilton County, they promised us they would add two thousand employees to the workforce. Congratulations and let me also say how happy I am that most of Volkswagen’s workforce is from Hamilton County,“ Coppinger said.
“In 2008, Volkswagen made a bold commitment to hire 2,000 employees for their new manufacturing facility and just three short years later, they have achieved that goal,” said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. “In addition to their 2,000 employees, the indirect result of their decision to locate in Chattanooga is equating to thousands of additional jobs that will positively impact the region. Their investment in our community continues to exceed expectations,” Mayor Littlefield said.
“We’ve been looking forward to this incredible mile-stone for three years,” said Trevor Hamilton, vice president of Economic Development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “Over that time, Volkswagen never once waivered in its commitment to deliver this project on schedule and meet its commitments to our city. Volkswagen has become our community’s enthusiastic partner both as a major employer and a major economic development partner. On behalf of the business community, we thank Volkswagen and all of the people at the city, the county, the state, and dozens of other organizations who worked so hard to hasten the hiring of Volkswagen’s 2000th employee.”
- Volkswagen Chattanooga
Posted: 01 Aug 2011 08:11 PM PDT
Diesel engines prefer to show their strong sides in the part-load operational range: here they have a good traction and consume a little. This is also true for the A7 TDI Quattro which offers 245 hp and a tight torque of 500 Nm. For the typical MTM customer it can even be more in this 3 litre compression-ignition engine. Roland Mayer, head of MTM and the driving force behind this engineering laboratory outside the gates of Ingolstadt, learned about the original virtues of Audi six-cylinder cars, cultivated them partially and prepared two more variations, which leave nothing to be desired.
285 hp and 580Nm or 300 hp and 600Nm. This operation proceeds minimal inversive in both cases and is settled after 90 minutes. For the moderate version MTM focuses on the approved M-Cantronic. In business class MTM modifies the control unit. This heads the shapely A7 to a highspeed of 263 km/h. Both systems are available for 1.392 Euro incl. fitting.
Around 2.600 Euro – inclusive fitting – the perfectly adjusted exhaust system with four 89mm tail pipes costs. This is a visible sign that a MTM diesel is expected rather on the fast lane than on the slow lane.
This is not enough. More performance often requests the wish of a better handling. A suspension system for the A7 TDI Quattro is already tested and will soon be available for active operation. The MTM 20 inch rims in the Bimoto design in combination with 20mm or 30mm wheel spacers are also a part of the MTM product range. ‘The package is not yet calculated but I think that the suspension system will be available at a price of 699,- Euro’ says Roland Mayer. The earliest delivery date will be end of August 2011.
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