He’s still excited about their recent tour to the US and the time with his American colleagues: "We spent three days in Chattanooga, one of them at the plant. Everyone went to great lengths to make it an unforgettable experience." The 40-year-old explains, "The plant is incredibly clean and tidy. And Chattanooga is beautifully situated in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, in magnificent natural surroundings."
The location of the brand’s only site in the US was just one of the highlights of their four-week trip. Other stops like Miami, Key West, Orlando, Cape Canaveral, and Nashville inspired the family as well. They covered 2,855 miles, or 4,595 kilometers, in a Jetta. "We remained faithful to Volkswagen when choosing our rental car," says Stüllenberg, looking ahead. "We might go to the northeast coast of the US for our 20th anniversary, with trips to New York and Chicago. In another Volkswagen, of course."