• Feb 12th 2009 at 11:58AM
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Although the ceremonial opening of Volkswagen's new plant in Chattanooga has been delayed, locals are anticipating the arrival of what is shaping up to be the largest employer in town. Case in point: local television station WRCB has managed to get hold of a concept rendering of what Volkswagen will be building in their backyard. Called the New Mid-size Sedan (NMS) in the interim, the as-yet unnamed sedan should be rolling off the Tennessee assembly line within a couple of years. If it ends up looking half as slick as the rendering suggests, it could all prove to be worth the wait.

[Source: WRCBtv]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Camaro? Maybe, but it's missing the rear hump on the back fender that I don't care for. This VW is hot. So it will be bigger and more $ than the CC I guess? Or smaller and less $ than the CC?
      • 6 Years Ago
      For once, I dont see anything that it copies, I see a refreshing, original design. Might be why I have seen about 10 different cars that people say they think it looks like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IT'S A SKETCH!!!!!!!!!!!

      How many times has an automaker released a sketch of an upcoming product to entice the public, only to have the production vehicle be a very diluted translation of the gorgeous vehicle that appeared in the sketch. It is pointless to form an opinion about a future product's styling based on one of these sketches.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed, look at the sketch of any current production car. The BMW E92 (or 3 coupe) comes to mind right away.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Example: The Volt. (Which even had the physical concept car to entice us and then be ripped apart)
      • 6 Years Ago
      one word, BORDkswagon !!! Oh , my tears ,,,,,
      • 6 Years Ago
      Two words.

      Taurus SHO.

      As in Taurus SHO blows this into the weeds stylewise based on this sketch. I actually think the SHO will succeed where the soon to be late but great G8 failed.

      When the Taurus comes out I think it will be the first sign in the rebound of the car industries doldrums. I know this post is about the VW but I think the new Taurus will be the standard leader in this class and if this is the best VW can do, I don't think it will matter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Volkanized Volt
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No no no, it's not a rip off of the Camaro, it's a watered down Estoque. Maybe VW is looking into making the production of the Estoque actually profitable by sharing some parts/design with a main stream sedan.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Charger, Challenger, and Camaro are all great but that's enough of this design language please.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree that it looks quite Camaro-ish, but I don't particularly like it. I hope the reliability is decent, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      obviously its a sketch so it looks cooler than a car that you can actually sell. All sketches are like that. But it does show the direction in which the NMS will head. A made in America car with features that Americans like and American styling.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well this American thinks it looks like a goat's ass. Yuck city. If I wanted a bloated land barge with bland, boxy styling, I'd be buying a domestic. If they think they can sell 'em, great, but please, for the love of God, don't quit selling real VWs in the US.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Recipe for automotive design:

      ... Take one good design
      ... Add water and mix.
      ... Add more water and mix.
      ... Dilute with more water.
      ... Flush it onto the market.
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