Volkswagen Tiguan May Be Built in Tennessee
The VW Tiguan is a five passenger, front-wheel drive compact crossover vehicle designed to compete with the Honda CR-V, the Mazda CX-7, and the Toyota RAV4, and is currently manufactured in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Production is likely to be at VW’s new $1 billion assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, although it’s older plant in Puebla, Mexico is also a possibility. The move is seen as a way to reduce costs by protecting against a fluctuating exchange rate. Along with final assembly many parts and materials would be from US suppliers. Volkswagen has set a goal to surpass Toyota in worldwide auto sales, and lowering prices is part of its long-term strategy.
The Tiguan is powered by a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder, double overhead cam, 16-valve engine. The intake valve timing is varied by the engine management system for better efficiency and increased torque throughout a wider range, making it easier and more fun to drive. The turbocharged engine achieves 200 horsepower, 10% more than the Honda CR-V, but fuel efficiency is about 10% less. The retail price of the base model is currently $23,720 and two upgraded models are available.
The base S model has a 6-speed manual transmission with an Auto Hold feature, which prevents roll-back by electronically applying the brakes when preparing to move forward. A 6-speed automatic is optional on the S model and standard on the SE and SEL trim levels. Volkswagen’s 4MOTION all wheel drive system is optional on all trim packages.