Audi executives have green-lighted building its first North American plant, according to Motor Trend, which goes on to state that there are no plans for the German automaker to build in Chattanooga.
Earlier this week, Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen told the Chattanooga Times-Free Press that Chattanooga would make an attractive location. Volkswagen, the corporate parent of Audi has an option on 1000 acres adjacent to its Chattanooga location.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that VW is considering locating its Southeast headquarters in Alpharetta. Georgia already plays a major role in VW’s North American auto operations, as the Port of Savannah handles containerized auto parts headed for Chattanooga, and Port of Brunswick handles imported VW autos headed for the Southeast. VW also holds an option on 30 acres at Aerotropolis, the site of Porsche Cars North America‘s new headquarters campus.