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2012 Volkswagen NMS: More Sketches, Passat Still Not Coming

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At the 2010 Paris auto show, Volkswagen had a full range of new Passat sedans and wagons on display. But the Passat will not be returning to the U.S.--at least the new Euro Passat will not be--and to underscore that point, VW has released three new sketches of its upcoming new mid-size sedan (NMS).

The NMS is the sedan that effectively replaces the Passat for U.S. customers. To be built in a new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the American version--which could carry the Passat name--will be longer, wider and less expensively engineered than its European cousin.

VW says the sketches highlight the NMS' "distinctive German design and progressive body styling." It shares some of the design language also seen in the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta, while VW says its headlights and taillights add to the modern look.

The NMS is being prepped for a world debut at the 2011 Detroit auto show in January. Initially it only was to be sold in the U.S., but as it's gone through development, VW has found other markets, like India and Russia, where the NMS' size and expected pricing are favorable. VW now expects to export a good percentage of sedans from Tennessee to those countries, and in all, eventually sees 200,000 vehicles a year coming from the new American factory.

The NMS goes on sale in the third quarter of 2011.


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Comments (3)
  1. The NMS is looking good. However, it is looks dangerously close to the CC. I just hope that it get gets delivered out of the gate with options of a TDI engine, 4 motion, and leather interior. Since it is built in the USA, VW needs to stop its practice of delivering half of a loaf.

  2. Well, with the current exchange rate (and US dollar falling every day when compared to Euro), it makes sense to make all the Passats in the U.S. and sell them abroad.

  3. No one will be disappointed with the new NMS. Volkswagen is #1 in Europe because they are the best on the autobahn, sturdy and trustworthy at 160mph, one of the reasons American and Japanese cars don't fair well there. Americans don't know what a good quality car is. The Volkswagen brands are the best in class. The suspension is superior and can take the curves better than any other affordable car. This one is no exception. Sign me up, I am waiting for one.

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