• Oct 28, 2009
2011 Volkswagen NMS Sketch No. 2 – Click above to enlarge

Volkswagen has released another rendering of its new mid-size sedan (appropriately dubbed NMS) before its official unveiling late next year, and while it's a clearer indication of what to expect when the wraps come off, it doesn't divulge anything we haven't seen before.

Although details are sketchy (*rimshot*), we know the new sedan will be built at VW's new Chattanooga, Tenn. plant in the spring of 2011 and go on sale later that year as a 2012 model. The plant is expected to churn out around 100,000 units each year, with the majority of the sedans finding homes in U.S. garages. However, VW plants to export the Passat replacement outside of North America.

As far as content and specs are concerned, don't be surprised to find VW's turbocharged 2.0-liter underhood in the base model, with a V6 option available on higher-spec trims. Bluetooth integration and other tech-rich features are a given, and naturally, being a product bound for U.S. consumers, scads of cupholders ought to be available to fit our 64-ounce Big Gulps.

[Source: Volkswagen]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, it also looks like it incorporates tire-less technology. What a breakthrough!!!

      Although if the sketch is any indicator, it easily gets stuck in the snow.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well i apologize for that and yes i understand. it just gripes me when i see people posting on sketches and they always seem to comment on the tire size.


        well i guess it was just a miss understanding.
        • 5 Years Ago
        can people just get over being skeptical over car sketches. im a designer. the point of this sketch is to set a theme and a emotion.


        i cant tell you how annoying it is that EVERY single time AB post a sketch or a students design people like yourself critique there style when you have absolutely no clue what your talking about. and stop taking things so literal.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, The new VW 4 door Camaro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        more of a ford Fusion with a VW grill slapped on it

        the side profile is a dead ringer for the Fusion
      • 5 Years Ago
      and there will be seats for DoubleGulp fat-asses too?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, sure. Why even bother with these sketches? The production model will have a much taller greenhouse, huge wheelwell gaps, more rounded lines and it will look significantly narrower when compared to this sketch. Besides, everyone is right, this looks pretty boring to begin with.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks boring.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What gets me is if the CONCEPT SKETCH is boring then how much worse is the actual production car going to be. Snoozefest.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thought EXACTLY. It's like they hit the "sedan" button on their automated sketch producer. There is absolutely nothing new or exciting in this design.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @James - why ironic? VW followed the formula Merecedes used. Car not selling? Make it a 'coupe'. Just as the CLS has done wonders for Mercedes, so too has the CC done wonders for VW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Liking the more angular styling approach compared to the more sensual lines of the CC. Reminds me of the early 90s Passat and Audis with a more chiseled and aggressive stance.

      I hope VW positions the NMS as a comparably priced Euro alterantive to the Accord/Camry/Mazda6/Sonata. Hopefully American production will allow this. As much as I like the current/previous gen Passats, it is hard to justify the VW price premium especially when options add up. There used to be a premium feel in the cabin, but the mainstream competitors have caught up, and in terms of features for the money, far surpassed VW in recent years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        which mainstream competitors? I own a camry, priced around where the CC tends to rest, the CC's leaps and bounds better inside. Toyota's not caught up, just curious which competitors (many) you're refering to and which cars. Those who you've mentioned have enjoyed much better interiors recently but the Mazda6 (especially the new one) isn't even in the same league and the Accord begins to falter in the quality/luxury feel department the more time you spend in it (interiors not being honda's main strong suite like engines, et-al).

        tech? I'm not so sure, the RNS-510 has done wonders for VW, sync will connect more but isn't as polished and the Ford interiors (while very much improved) don't give the CC a run for the money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was referring to the Passat, not the CC. (Though the base CC is similar in its lack of content while a well-equipped model competes more with the TL or A4. It is tough to compare a car than ranges from $27,600 to $43,500. I am curious which version sells best, whether consumers see the CC as a Camry competitor as you suggest or a competitor at a higher level. Or if they just like the CLS like styling and consider the CC in a class of its own.) I drove a base version and found the styling the best part of the car. That, and the nifty automatic parking brake.

        The Passat is now available in one trim, no factory options, for $27,800. No navi, 4-cyl only (not that families need big V-6's, but they are de rigeur as family sedan prices rise), no keyless start, no xenon lights, no auto climate control. It's still a nice car, but hardly competitive. For a little more (and cheaper if a lease thanks to amazing residuals) I would go with a TSX. I also happen to think the Mazda6 has a good interior and I've only driven the base model as a rental car.

        I do agree that the interiors in this class need a lot of work, especially the Fusion, Altima, and anything American.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kind of looks like a shrunk-down Phaeton. I know this gives hardly any indication as to the final shapre, but I don't think that would be a bad way to go.

      Considering how conservatively-styled the competition is(Camry, Accord, Malibu, etc.), it seems that a like-sized competitor from VW would fit right in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Security around the new VW plant in TN is unreal, it is as tight as working for the NRC(Nuclear Reg Com). VW seems to be taking industrial espionage control to the Homeland Security Degree.
      No Joke. I have a relative who is in the facility doing work.
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW needs this NMS to boost the otherwise expensive German made Passat line...

      Ironically, the tad more expensive coupe style Passat CC now outsells the regular Passat thru Sept of this year...15,187 CC's vs 9,163 for the regular Passat.

      http://www.autoweek.com/article/20091019/CARNEWS/910199998



      • 5 Years Ago
      New Passat?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the tires are flat.
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