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The new jobs will increase the plant’s workforce to more than 3,500 by the end of the year, the German company said Thursday. The additional workers will be used to bolster the existing two shifts at the plant, and expand production to Saturday, it said.

“We’re adding a third team at this plant for a simple reason: Customers want to buy Passats,” said Jonathan Browning, the president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.

VW rolls out 35 cars an hour at the plant, which surpassed 50,000 vehicles in February. VW built its first Passat at the plant in April.

“Volkswagen is definitely on a roll in this market,” Mr. Browning said. “I can assure you, we don’t plan to stop.”

• From wire dispatches and staff reports