Chattanooga could get VW SUV

Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen, today told reporters in Berlin that the auto maker will soon decide whether to build a midsized sport utility vehicle for the U.S. market. If the company moves ahead, its factory in Chattanooga will be in the mix, Winterkorn said.

Winterkorn in prepared remarks lauded VW's experience in building Passat sedans at the Chattanooga plant that opened last year and stressed that the US remains a pillar in the company's global growth strategy.

The $1 billion Chattanooga plant is expected to build 180,000 vehicles next year and has a maximum capacity of 220,000 in its current configuration.