2011 Volkswagen Sedan Update: First All-American Pic

February 13, 2009
Our colleagues over at The Car Connection have pounced on an image from WRCB in Chattanooga of the as-yet unnamed "New Mid-Size Sedan," the sedan that Volkswagen will build in its new U.S. factory.

That factory is under construction in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It's expected to begin producing vehicles in late 2010 or early 2011, and the "NMS" will be the first car built there.

Though it's just an early sketch, this illustration boldly shows the direction future VWs may be taking. It's a low, wide and decidedly angular shape which gives this sedan an air of substance. To me, it looks like a Volkswagen designed by American automotive history with a taste of Japan and Europe.

In about 2 years we'll know for sure when they start rolling off the assembly line. Volkswagen hopes this new American plant fares better than the last; its old factory in Westmoreland, Penna., was sold off in the 1980s to Sony, where that company made televisions for two decades before the plant closed for good.

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