Modified Jetta SportWagens Donated to City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County

Modified Jetta SportWagens Donated to City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County

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Modified Jetta SportWagens Donated to City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County

Posted: 08 Oct 2010 05:44 AM PDT

Police version of the Jetta SportWagen TDI

Volkswagen of America, Inc. today presented the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County with two custom-made Jetta SportWagen TDI vehicles to each law enforcement department to help keep residents safe.

“Volkswagen is thrilled to be able to provide technologically advanced Jetta SportWagen vehicles to both the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County police departments to help keep the area safe while driving in a reliable, versatile and stylish vehicle,” said Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of Volkwagen’s Chattanooga Operations. “Volkswagen is committed to continue building a longstanding relationship with the Chattanooga community and we know these vehicles will provide the officers of this area with the kind of performance they need to get the job done.”

“This generous gift is much appreciated and will be a welcomed addition to our expanding Chattanooga Police Department,” said Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield. “We applaud Volkswagen for their continued investment in our community.”

“Since Volkswagen announced their billion dollar investment in Hamilton County they have demonstrated numerous times their willingness to be a good corporate neighbor,” said Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey. “Today’s gift of two law enforcement vehicles is further proof of Volkswagen’s commitment to Hamilton County and we thank them for their generosity.”

Engineers and designers overhauled the white Jetta SportWagen vehicles to incorporate features that would help the police. A sport styling body package including a rear spoiler, and chrome exhaust tips to create a stylish and imposing presence.

Under the hood, the vehicle offers a potent 2.0L TDI clean diesel four-cylinder engine. The engine achieves an impressive 236 ft.-lbs. of torque through its turbo diesel engine and up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Jetta SportWagens also feature 225/40 18″ Goodyear Eagle GT All Season tires mounted over Volkswagen’s own 18-inch Goal wheel package.

The interior features everything needed for Community Policing activities. FMS Automotive technicians expertly created custom-built enclosures and mounts, to hold all the communications and emergency lighting gear in place.

- Volkswagen of America

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SBS and Initi8 first to support AmD Milltek with YRC collaboration

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 07:30 AM PDT

AmD Miltek Racing, Shaun Hollamby, YRC, Initi8, SBS

SBS and Initi8 are the first two companies to support YRC and AmD Milltek in their new collaboration which has its first official outing at Brands Hatch this weekend (9th and 10th October).

Both new sponsor recruits have staff members who are long term British Touring Car Championship fanatics and have been backroom advisors to YRC since the beginning! It’s with great pride and thanks that our S2000 Golf GTI will be carrying their logos this weekend.

We’re looking forward to welcoming both companies and their staff this weekend at the YRC Dome!

AmD Miltek Racing, Shaun Hollamby, YRC, Initi8, SBS

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Since being founded in 1984, Specialised Belting Supplies Ltd (SBS) has become a world leader in supply, installation and support of sidewall conveyor belting to industry and agriculture. In the 26 year history of the company, over 200,000m of product has been supplied and installed, in all major heavy industries, including power generating and steel production, down to agriculture and food processing.With full technical support and agents on all continents, Specialised Belting Supplies Ltd are true Global Market Leaders in the conveyor belting world.

Speaking of the deal Michael Bax of SBS said “We’re a very tight company, with a young and energetic workforce, and we love getting involved with things that interests the staff as well as being great for PR and advertising. We’re really excited about this new collaboration between YRC and AmD Milltek Racing , with both partners being form East Anglia, “right on our doorstep”, we felt this was the perfect choice, and can’t wait to see what comes next!”


At Initi8, with over ten years of experience in the energy and healthcare industries, we are perfectly placed to help your organisation with their information technology needs every step of the way. With Zenworks, VMware and Solarwinds our specialty, we will find the right solution for your needs.

“We’ve been really fortunate to find a marketing idea that will provide the best value and fit for our business. Having something that our staff will enjoy and are interested in is a great perk! We’re looking forward to the weekend with YRC!” said Ken Ngai from Initi8

If you’re interested in finding out more about YRC and the AmD Milltek collaboration for 2011, why not sign up for the free news letter at

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VW May Expand Production of Mid-Sized Sedan to China

Posted: 07 Oct 2010 07:00 AM PDT

Mid-Sized Sedan to China

Volkswagen AG may expand production of a mid-sized sedan designed for U.S. customers to China in a bid to win buyers in the world’s biggest auto market.

The model, which will be priced at about $20,000, will be built to begin with at VW’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and sold in the U.S. in the second half of 2011.

“We will see demand for this car growing in other countries such as China,” said Ulrich Hackenberg, head of Volkswagen’s brand development, in an interview. “Our production pattern allows us to transfer vehicles from one plant to another at relatively low effort.”

VW, aiming to surpass Toyota Motor Corp. in sales and profitability, is relying on China to meet a goal of increasing global deliveries to 10 million by 2018. It announced the addition of two Chinese factories this year to double production in VW’s biggest market to 3 million cars within four years.

VW preferred shares gained as much as 2.28 euros, or 2.7 percent, to 86.25 euros and were up 2.23 euros as of 10:46 a.m. in Frankfurt trading. The stock has advanced 32 percent this year, valuing the carmaker at 37.4 billion euros ($52 billion).

Europe’s largest carmaker plans to invest 6 billion euros in China for the expansion and add new models. Eight-month VW sales in China expanded 41 percent to 1.29 million vehicles.

China’s auto market may grow 52 percent to annual sales of 19.2 million vehicles in the next eight years, Hackenberg said yesterday in Wolfsburg, Germany, where VW is based.


“China is VW’s undisputed No. 1 priority,” said Juergen Pieper, a Frankfurt-based analyst at Bankhaus Metzler who recommends selling VW stock. “A third of VW group profits stem from China and its weight is likely to increase rather than decrease. China continues to be a goldmine that VW can’t afford to let go.”

Volkswagen has a goal to produce 67,000 units of the new midsize sedan in Chattanooga next year and increase that level to 150,000 per year from 2012, according to a slide presentation by Silke Lerche, VW’s group quality director.

“The U.S. market offers great opportunities,” Jonathan Browning, VW’s new U.S. chief, said during his first public appearance in Europe since taking over the new job at VW. “It’s all part of our global expansion strategy.”

- Business Week

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