SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

August 28, 2014 15:45 ET

New Volkswagen Midsize SUV to Be Produced Near Residence Inn Chattanooga

Volkswagen Adds Production for Their New "Midsize SUV" and a New National Research and Planning Center to Chattanooga Facility

CHATTANOOGA, TN--(Marketwired - Aug 28, 2014) - Volkswagen is announcing the production of a new Midsize SUV to begin at the end of 2016 at the Chattanooga plant, located just 3.5 miles from Residence Inn Chattanooga near Hamilton Place. A new research and planning center is set to bring hundreds of new jobs to the Chattanooga region, including employment opportunities for more than 200 engineers.

The extended stay Chattanooga hotel is just minutes from the Volkswagen plant, with the seven-passenger midsize SUV expected to bring a tremendous economic boost to the region, as well as create thousands of new U.S. jobs. Tennessee will see a $12 billion expected income growth.

"Today is an exciting day not just for Chattanooga and Hamilton County but for all of Tennessee, and I want to thank Volkswagen for its significant long-term investment in our state," Governor Bill Haslam said. "The impact of this announcement goes far beyond the 2,000 new jobs because of the large multiplier effect of the automotive industry, and adding an additional manufacturing line and the National Research & Development and Planning Center sends a clear signal that Tennessee can compete with anyone in the global marketplace."

The Chattanooga plant is the first and only LEED Platinum certified Auto Plant worldwide, including more than 33,000 solar panels on 66 acres, as well as an eco-dry scrubber system, power efficient light bulbs, LED lighting, protected wetlands and habitats for native vegetation, specially designed roofs, and two fully restored natural creeks onsite.

Volkswagen's goal for the new SUV is to deliver 8,000 vehicles in the U.S. by 2018, following the integration of the new vehicle into the existing plant's structure. Based on the CrossBlue concept vehicle, the new SUV is being developed especially for the North American Market.

This hotel in Chattanooga, TN is uniquely positioned for relocating employees, with a convenient setting in the heart of the city, expansive facilities and spacious accommodations to serve Tennessee's influx of new jobs and positions for the new production.

About the Residence Inn Chattanooga near Hamilton Place

At the Residence Inn Chattanooga Near Hamilton Place mall, visitors will find a hotel where first-class service and home-like comforts create a unique stay. Named the "Best Hotel in Chattanooga" by Destination Guide, the hotel is conveniently located near company headquarters, including Amazon, and top attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium and Rock City. Accommodations are available in studio and one or two-bedroom suites, and are ideal for family vacations or corporate housing. Each suite offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fully equipped kitchen, flat-screen TV and luxury bedding. Staying at the hotel comes with additional amenities, too, including a complimentary breakfast buffet, complimentary evening manager's reception on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, an indoor pool, fitness center and Level 2 Electronic Vehicle Charging Station. While the hotel is directly connected to the new conference center, it can also host meetings in its three event spaces.

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