While the number of cars built in the U.S. seems to be declining according to a recent study by Cars.com, Volkswagen will be adding one more to the list of American-made cars.
Volkswagen recently announced that it will build its new seven-passenger sport utility vehicle at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. Building the SUV, which is based on the CrossBlue concept car (shown here) unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, will create about 2,000 additional U.S. jobs.
Volkswagen says that it will invest about $600 million at the Tennessee factory to accommodate the new production. The new SUV will be the second model to be produced in Chattanooga. Volkswagen previously announced that its Passat will be built there starting at the end of 2016.
According to Cars.com's most recent annual American-Made Index, only 10 cars were eligible this year -- the fewest in the history of the study. In addition to the low number of eligible cars, the 2014 index features foreign automakers in seven of the top 10 spots.
"This is a drastic shift from the past," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor in chief. "For several years, there was a pretty even split between domestic and foreign automakers on the list. Production in the U.S. is up, but parts are coming from all over the world, making the notion of classifying cars as 'American' more difficult than ever."
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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.