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Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagon speaks at a news conference on March 22, 2012 in Chattanooga, Volkswagen will add 800 new jobs at its plant to boost production of the sedan. The new jobs will the plant’s work force to to 3,500 by the end of the year, the German said Thursday. The additional will be used to bolster the two shifts at the plant. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Free Press, Dan Henry) CREDIT

CHATTANOOGA — Volkswagen add 800 new jobs at its Tennessee plant to production of the popular Passat

The jobs will increase the work force to more 3,500 by the end of the year, the German said Thursday. The additional will be used to bolster the two shifts at the plant, and expand to Saturday.

We’re adding a team at this plant for a reason: Customers want to buy said Jonathan Browning, the and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.

The will operate 120 hours per with the new workers, up 40 hours current levels, he said.

said the extra work will help the plant up and be able to produce 170,000 next year, most of are destined for the U.S. market. are exported to Canada, Mexico and Korea, he said.

Volkswagen sold nearly Passats in the U.S. last an 83 percent increase over Sales have been so far this year. Through sales of the redesigned sedan 14,500, according to Autodata

Browning said March are on pace for 10,000.

VW built its Passat at the plant last It now rolls out 35 cars an hour at the which surpassed 50,000 in February.

Volkswagen is definitely on a in this market, Browning I can assure you, we don’t to stop.

Volkswagen AG, the world’s second-largest car said last week it intends to increase deliveries and in 2012 despite difficult in Europe.

Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and Frank Fischer said vehicles in the U.S. allows the to be very strongly independent of the rate.

The award-winning version of the is targeted at customers with priorities than those in ranging from a larger to more cup holders, Fischer

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After all, the U.S. doesn’t drive 240 kph (149 on the Autobahn, Fischer said in an in German.

Fischer said out of local VW officials’ hands the company decides to add more or build other models at the


At this point it’s about Passat, no model has decided yet, he said. The is selling so well so we should concentrate on what we’re right now, and continue to up the factory.

Thursday’s jobs was in addition to 200 new positions the company in January. VW officials said expect to see a spike in hiring their main suppliers near the plant, creating hundred new jobs among

Earlier this month, the said it will open a $40 distribution center for parts 80 miles from Chattanooga. VW to hire about 45 people at the

Tennessee Gov. Bill welcomed the announcement.

Twenty-five of the Volkswagens sold in America be made in Tennessee now, he That’s a pretty significant for a company that rolled off its car in April of last year.

said VW will qualify for incentives that are part of a agreed to as part of negotiations to the $1 billion plant to Tennessee. He did not how much the incentives will be

2012, The Associated Press. All Reserved.

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