At its annual dealer meeting today in Atlanta, Volkswagen of America confirms it's bringing three updated models to the U.S. market for the 2011 model year.
Yesterday, VW confirmed the new mid-size sedan ("NMS," for now) being built in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will have its world debut at the 2011 Detroit auto show in January. VW also announced a new plant in Mexico that will build engines for the NMS and for the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, which High Gear Media's editors have given a score of 7.7 out of 10.
In addition to the new Jetta and NMS, VW plans to update two of its compact cars and its small crossover. The VW Eos hardtop convertible will be refreshed in 2011, which could make it a 2012 model when it goes on sale. The Eos is rated at 8.2 out of 10 here at TheCarConnection; it's manufactured in Portugal.
The 2011 VW Tiguan gets a light refresh of its nose and grille, and it's expected to introduce VW's new multimedia controller found in the new Jetta as well. The Tiguan rates an 8.4 out of 10 on TCC.
Finally, VW says the New Beetle will be revamped. Built in Mexico alongside the Jetta, the current New Beetle coupe and convertible score a low 6.4 out of 10 here at TheCarConnection, mainly due to dated powertrains and poor space efficiency.
Volkswagen's goal is to sell more than a million cars a year in America by 2018, through all its brands--including VW, Audi, and the exotic Bugatti, Bentley and Lamborghini nameplates. Volkswagen alone will account for 800,000 of those sales, a big stretch goal for the brand, which sold just over 367,000 vehicles in the U.S. last year.
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