• An assembly line worker at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant prepares a 7-passenger Atlas crossover for dashboard installation. VW is adding a 5-passenger Atlas to the Tennessee plant.
    Nissan Motor Co. is adding a second 250-job shift to its Canton, Mississippi, assembly plant to increase capacity for NV commercial vans. The plant also produces Titan and Frontier pickups, Altima sedans, and the Murano crossover. www.nissanusa.com
  • Volkswagen will spend $340 million to add a 5-passenger variant of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 5-passenger Atlas will mark the third Volkswagen model assembled at the Chattanooga factory, joining the Passat sedan and larger, 7-passenger Atlas SUV. www.vw.com
  • Spartan Motors Inc. is expanding its Ephrata, Pennsylvania, truck body plant to service a $214 million award granted last year for new United States Postal Service (USPS) truck bodies. Spartan President and CEO Daryl Adams says the expansion will help the company target commercial truck body growth throughout the Northeast by increasing capacity in Pennsylvania. www.spartanmotors.com
  • Hyundai will spend $388 million in Montgomery, Alabama, to build an engine-head manufacturing plant and enhance production of new Sonata and Elantra sedans. The investment will create 50 new jobs. Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) produces cars and engines, and the engine heads from the new facility will also be used by Kia at its plant in West Point, Georgia. www.kia.com; www.hyundaiusa.com