Does Where It's Built Matter? - 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI Long-Term Road Test

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI: Does Where It's Built Matter?

February 24, 2014

2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI

As you can see, our 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI wasn't built in Germany. It was assembled by some well trained workers at a plant in Tennessee. This is not only a big deal for the people in and around Chattanooga, it was a big deal for Volkswagen, too.

It had been a long time since a Volkswagen was built in America and the last time it happened didn't turn out so well. This time around Volkswagen had a better plan and it appears to be working out as the build quality of our Passat TDI is excellent.

It does beg the question whether buyers still care where their cars are built? In a business dominated by global companies, does it matter if a German car is built in Germany? Or if a Japanese car is built in Japan? Or if a Chevrolet is built in Canada or a Ford in Mexico?

Something tells me most buyers don't care as long as the quality is there.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

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