When President Obama said in January that American workers could out-build the competition, he might very well have anticipated the new Volkswagen Passat assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Volkswagen's commitment to U.S. workers and to putting down roots here demonstrates the economic value America brings to the table. That value is why Volkswagen has decided to put 2,000 Americans to work in Chattanooga manufacturing the cars of the future. The plant will also generate more than 9,500 additional indirect jobs by creating work for its suppliers and jump-starting a ripple effect through the production chain.
Because of President Obama’s leadership, we’re on the path to a smarter, cleaner energy future. And in the new kind of transportation system our nation requires, clean-diesel has an important role to play. The Passats being built in Chattanooga will emit 30 percent less carbon pollution than conventional diesel vehicles.
They can also get between 40 and 50 miles per gallon, returning between 700 and 800 miles on a single tank. This fuel-efficient technology will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil. If one-third of all United States vehicles used this kind of fuel-efficient clean diesel, we would save 1.4 million barrels of oil a day.