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Volkswagen looking at stopping Passat production in Chattanooga, may shift to making all SUVs This story was updated at 4:56 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, with more information. Volkswagen is looking at stopping production of the Chattanooga-made Passat sedan, which is the first vehicle ever assembled at the plant. As sales of sedans trend down and buyers continue to spend on new SUVs, industry website Wards Auto says that U.S. production of the Passat will cease in 2023. But Mark Gillies, senior manager of product and technology communications for Volkswagen of America, said that global VW brand chief Ralf Brandstatter hasn't put a date on stopping production of the Passat. He said that Brandstatter said in an interview with Wards that there are plans to stop production "at a later date." Wards said that as  production of the electric ID.4 SUV  launches in Chattanooga in 2022 and reaches full capacity in 2023, that's when Passat output ends. The Chattanooga plant, which started production in 2011, would then be assembling an all-SUV product line. Michelle Krebs, executive analyst for Autotrader, said the midsize sedan market has "really plummeted." "People prefer to have a sport utility vehicle over a sedan," she said.



Sukol suggests considering these four factors when determining your water needs: Activity level: If you work out a lot or are moving all day long, drink more water. Location: If you find yourself in a warmer climate, you’ll probably want to increase your water intake. Metabolism: If you consider yourself to have a faster metabolism, and your body seems to need more fuel to keep its engines revved — you may also notice that you need more water. Size: The more you weigh, the more water your body tends to need. But water needs are also like the stock market, with daily fluctuations that depend on: Alcohol consumption: Before you decide on a second cocktail, drink a glass of water to rehydrate yourself and replace fluids caused by alcohol-mediated losses. Health: “We really worry when people are sick and they’re not getting a sufficient amount check of liquids, especially if they are also losing fluids due to vomiting or diarrhea” notes Dr. Sukol. If you have a fever, it’s a good idea to increase your daily quota of fluids by a few cups. Clear broth and gelatin also count as fluids. Physical activity: Did you go for a sweat-inducing run or did you decide to snuggle up with a book? Again, the more active you are, the more water you’ll need.