WASHINGTON (AP) -- Volkswagen AG said Wednesday it has narrowed its list of states competing for a potential U.S. production facility to Alabama, Michigan and Tennessee.
The German automaker said it was still evaluating whether to build a new plant in the United States and would make a final decision this summer.
If Volkswagen decides to open a plant, the company is expected to start building cars within the next two years and initially produce between 100,000 and 150,000 vehicles annually.
Toyota considered a 1,600-acre site in Chattanooga last year for a $1.3 billion assembly plant, but chose a site near Tupelo, Miss., instead. The Enterprise South site was also a contender a year earlier for a $1.2 billion Kia Motors Corp. plant.
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce spokesman J.Ed. Marston declined to comment when asked about any contact with Volkswagen. State officials also were mum.
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