Volkswagen has announced that it will add 800 workers to the Chattanooga, Tennessee production line for its Passat sedan. If that doesn’t spell at least some success for the new model, we don’t know what would.
We say that because this announcement comes on the heels of another one just two months ago that said VW would add 200 workers to the line this year. Volkswagen has increased that number to 1000 more workers this year.
Most of the 800 new jobs will actually be promotions: many of the Passat’s line workers are actually contracted workers who technically work for a separate company named Aerotek. VW promises to move up many of these people to work for Volkswagen, at which point it will hire new people for many of the vacated contract worker positions. The Chattanooga plant that makes the Passat will have about 3700 workers, and the Passat continues its upward march in the sales numbers.
It’s been just under six months since the first examples of the 2012 Passat hit VW dealers, and the car has sold 32,449 copies in the United States through the end of last month. To put that in perspective, that’s more than the nameplate sold in the previous 33 months. In February of this year, the Passat sold 8189 units, the best month so far for the new car, and enough to pass competitors like the Dodge Avenger and the Mazda 6; however not quite enough to topple the likes of the Honda Accord or Toyota Camry just yet.