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Volkswagen is investing $340 million in its Chattanooga plant to build a new version of its Atlas SUV — a version that will seat five people, unlike the current model that seats seven. Officials made the announcement Monday at the plant and unveiled a concept sketch of the new Atlas.


Franklin-based Nissan North America posted strong sales gains in September. That’s despite analysts predicting a slowdown of sales in the U.S. auto market.


Matthias Mueller took the podium and told workers that Volkswagen "firmly stands" behind them. The company's CEO reassured employees at the Tennessee VW plant that the automaker would follow through with expanding the facility and adding 2,000 jobs.


Gov. Bill Haslam says he's not entirely opposed to Tennessee joining other states in suing Volkswagen over its program to cheat emissions tests, but he'll leave the decision to the state's attorney general.

The Republican governor says litigation against the German automaker holds the potential to hurt the state economically. But that's not the sole consideration.

"We always have dual responsibilities. We always want to do everything we can to encourage employment, but we also have a responsibility to protect our citizens and the laws of our state."

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he's convinced no one in Tennessee knew about cheating on emissions tests at Volkswagen, despite claims the scandal reaches further than first thought.

Haslam told reporters Tuesday that he has no reason to believe anyone in Chattanooga was aware of the software that was installed in many diesel-engine Volkswagens to fool emissions inspectors. 

The governor visited Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant in early October, and he's been in touch with officials at the German automaker frequently.

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With Volkswagen’s emissions cheating scandal still in the headlines, it would be easy to miss that a small group of hourly employees at the Chattanooga plant — 164 skilled maintenance workers, to be exact — will vote this week on union representation.

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Volkswagen officials took their lumps when they appeared before Congress this month,  but a legislative hearing in Tennessee Thursday turned into a love-fest by comparison.

Instead of questions about deceiving regulators, Tennessee lawmakers are concerned what effect the worldwide scandal might have on VW’s only U.S. plant, which is in Chattanooga.

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If Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam opposed the UAW’s organizing at Volkswagen last year, now — in his view — the timing is even worse. The United Auto Workers union has scheduled an official NLRB election next week for a group of 164 skilled maintenance workers.


A Nashville law firm has filed the region’s first class-action suit against Volkswagen for duping air quality regulators. The attorneys hope to represent Tennessee VW owners in any litigation.


As an emissions cheating scandal turns into a full-blown crisis for Volkswagen, worry is building for the automaker’s future in Tennessee. VW is one of the most heavily subsidized industrial companies in the state.