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Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant builds 500,000th Passat

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant has completed its 500,000th Passat.

The company said in a news release on Wednesday that the car was a candy white limited edition.

The Passat sedan was the winner of the 2012 Motor Trend Magazine Car of the Year award.

Volkswagen Chattanooga, which began production in April 2011, is currently undertaking a $900 million expansion to add a second model to the Chattanooga line.

The expansion is expected to add 2,000 jobs and the North American Engineering and Planning Center and will produce a seven-seat, midsize SUV.