• Nov 24, 2008
WRCB Chattanooga is fast becoming the go-to source for info on Volkswagen's upcoming New Midsize Sedan, a.k.a. the NMS. They were the ones who brought us a rather unrevealing video from Berlin containing a few morsels of information about this car that will slot in between the Jetta and Passat. The local Tennessee station does have a vested interested in NMS news, as the new sedan will be produced exclusively in North America at Volkswagen's new plant being built in Chattanooga.
Now they're apparently in the spy photo business, having procured this shot of what is said to be an NMS mule being unloaded from a transporter in Germany. Man, that looks an awful lot like a next-gen Jetta both in shape and size, but the station claims a piece of paper on the windshield reads "VW 411 NMS". When shown to a source inside VW, however, WRCB was told that this was not the NMS. So who knows what we're looking at, but it was spied and spy shots are cool. Thanks for the tip, everyone!

[Source: WRCB]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Improved Interior? LMAO. It's going to compete with Camry by improving an interrior which is already leaps and bounds better in terms of build, feel, and ergonomics... ugh, right podunk news station, right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      new passat
      • 6 Years Ago
      Simply a test mule, folks... (But yes, it's a NMS test mule!)
      • 6 Years Ago
      So it's a Jetta with smaller headlights?

      Or a Jetta with a Rabbit Front clip?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Jetta and Rabbits have different front clips?
      • 6 Years Ago
      put an end to fake air intakes
        • 6 Years Ago
        YES!!!
        Holy crap what a brutal design flaw.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks a little small to even be a new jetta. Could VW be bringing a small "polo sedan" type vehicle to the US to battle the fit/yaris/fiesta?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was going to say much the same thing. Remember that this article says this was spotted in Germany, the speculation is this could be the NMS but it's completely possible it's something for the Euro market and not the US. The Mk8 Polo is due next year and this looks to be sized in that class, certainly not a Jetta or similar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm a VW enthusiast at best, and I think this would be the 2010 Jetta (http://www.leftlanenews.com/volkswagen-jetta-2009.html), I think this is just the final design of the front end, to differ itself from it's Rabbit/GTI brethren, which it shares 90% of it's parts with. The Jetta's of yore had a very similar but different front fascia's from Mk1 right up till Mk4, but Mk5, being the current, strayed far from that look. They all shared exactly the same front end parts. VW has stated that they want to return to their roots, and giving the sixth generation Jetta return to its squarish-headlights would better differ the two models.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hard to tell what this is, but this is either crazy disguised or else it's too soon to be sure. It looks narrower than the Passat though. I hope this isn't the Americanized Passat though, I like the new styling on the front of the new Golf and this one isn't quite as nice.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I second the Jetta comment. That's way to small to be an Accord competitor. On a side note, I just checked and I can't seem to find that front end on anything current in the VW lineup here or elsewhere. I thought usually the first mules were under existing body panels, but this appears to be wearing plain clothes next Jetta. If that's the case, I kinda like it. It has a youthful appearance to it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope it's not a rebadged Sebring or something. VW has been a bit sketchy lately....
        • 6 Years Ago
        'slot between Jetta and Passat'

        HOW? they are almost the same size now. 2" between em in rear legroom, an inch or less everywhere else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a passat with smaller, differently shaped headlights
      • 6 Years Ago
      What are you laughing about? Yeah it DOES need to compete with the Camry interior because after about 2 years, the Camry is still functioning and well put together and the VW's is falling apart.

      Do you like dealership lattes? I hope so...VW's dealers make good latte I here.

      Let's also hope their new cars don't weigh as much as a large sedan with half the size.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Superiority? LOL...OK...you're fragile ego isn't coming through or anything....

        No of course non of your VW's have had failing coilpacks, failed window regulators, flaking interior surfaces, creaks and squeaks galore on new cars...no of course you haven't...your VW's are special.

        Hmmmm..well...keep telling yourself about Das Auto....if only you knew how stupid it sounds to go around saying Das Auto....lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        lol..certainly not because of a "fragile" ego,mein freund...it would be because of SUPERIORITY... Das Auto

        ive never had a "pos" in the 10 ive owned..pos,typical vocab
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'll let the surveys and studies do the talking.

        Deal with it. You purchased a POS and now have to somehow justify it in your mind that it's superior.

        You bought the Camry because you know it's a reliable car you can count on. Otherwise there are plenty of cars that carry 4 passengers comfortably and get reasonable mileage...so the excuses are BS.

        VW has never ranked will in reliability or customer service...never. And the new models are no different. VW's dealer network is terrible...their service departments are lacking at best.

        You don't have to own one to understand those issues and certainly don't need to own one to sit in it and realize there's more than meets the eye than "nice" ergonomics.

        As I said, it's made for egotists who are suckers. Get yourself a nice wallet or pair of shoes if you're so into making a fashion statement...otherwise keep the bull low regarding VW "reliability."

        Oh and by the way...please enlighten us how VW's fit and finish is better? I'd like to know how you think.

        Thanks in advance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, if their lattes are that good, then might as well hope the car falls apart more often XD
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...typical imbiciles and their tedious VW bashing...there is a reason why the Volkswagen group is in a top position that they are in...Keep ur mondane Japo generic yawn "appliances"..No Civic,Elantra,Corolla ever gets the "thumbs up" from passersbye or enthusiast...not like a Golf GTI...Im on my 10 VW...there is a reason it is Das Auto...sub asian crap annoy me...
      Das Auto
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