• Apr 1, 2010
Volkswagen New Mid-Size Sedan – Click above for high-res image

During yesterday's North American debut of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid at the New York Auto Show, VW's North American CEO, Stefan Jacoby, let slip that the yet-to-be-named Passat replacement – currently known as the "New Mid-Size Sedan" (NMS) – will be available with a diesel in both the U.S. and Canada when it goes on sale in 2011.

Production of the NMS is set to begin within the next year at the automaker's new Chattanooga, Tennessee facility, and it's all but assured that the mill will be the same 2.0-liter diesel four-pot currently outputting 140 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque in the Jetta TDI.

Details on the sedan are scant, but Jacoby reiterated that the NMS will be Volkswagen's most focused push into the mid-size segment, where it is set to do battle with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. With a launch this important, it's no wonder that the company is still debating names.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome. I loved my 2000 Passat. It was far better than the Accords and Camrys of the day. Hopefully VW has fixed (or will fix) some of the reliability concerns (like the Check Engine light issues that plagued me).

      I hope they keep the Passat name though. It's a great brand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        See "far better" is relative. There's probably more owners than not who still have a same year accord that hasn't had any major issues while most 2000 passat owners have had issues that warrant quite expensive repairs (as stated by most reliability surveys) A CEL problem can "far worse" for alot of drivers.

        Who am i to say though, I don't own a Honda/Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        X2 SIlver..

        Oh btw, on CEL's..I invested $125 via Fleabay on this...covers virtually any car (upgradeable, for past and future car models).

        http://www.actron.com/product_detail.php?pid=16336
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks like a camaro with a VW front
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever the '11 Hyundai Sonata's got 275hp in a 2.0T with 34mpg. Hard to beat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "(I pay myself + cost of German Castrol)"

        Not to mention the Mann-Hummel filter...
        • 4 Years Ago
        DIY it's not (I pay myself + cost of German Castrol)...with an oil boy at hand, piece of cake.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It probably does. Any car that uses synthetic does.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oh and it doesnt cost 80$ to change the oil either
      • 4 Years Ago
      can we please just invert this sketch?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Diesel? Yahoo! Here's my replacement for both my Passat and Jetta. Hopefully won't need the urea solution, but not expecting it. Still need more information.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I always liked the Passat but I still thought it was kinda in limbo, bigger then a Jetta but smaller then its direct competition. I would have been more fine with that had the car not always felt over weight. I am hoping the NMS corrects this, love the fact the VW is bringing the TDI to it aswell but it looks like there will be more competition with Mazda doing it aswell.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As I mentioned on another car site, Murat Gunak must be rolling his eyes right now. either that, or cursing Peter Schreyer's name out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Give it a rest, spammer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So then what happens to the Passat? Because some reports say this NMS is meant for North America...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The current Passat is almost undoubtedly going away here in the US. It's already almost gone if you haven't noticed. Try to build one on VW's site and see what you get; no V6 option, one transmission, one trim level and a bare minimum of options. Try to build a CC and see the difference, 4 trim levels, 2 engines, two transmissions, AWD available etc.

        The CC was brought out to be VW's version of the CLS and the NMS will be the replacement for the Passat as VW's mid-size car in the US. The NMS was absolutely built with N. America as its primary target. Ever wonder why it's being built here, and only here?

        At least this time it will actually fit into the mid-size range and compete against the players in that market which the Passat never did before.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Passat might go away, but its CC derivative may still be offered.

        From the front and side, the NMS looks attractive in a generic sort of way. But I've seen a rear-view drawing and it looks pretty good whereas the current Jetta is terrible, IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sorry, german fanboys.
      But, it really looks like a Kia Optima(K5).

      http://www.ebn.co.kr/data/201003/22_428273_1.jpg
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not necessarily just Audis, but their VW bretheren as well. I know that I feel very much in control on the road in my Mk4 GTI which is solely FWD. That's even in a generation of the GTI which wasn't exactly praised for its handling either.

        I still get compliments about the quality of the ride(particularly at highway speeds and above). The car does truly feel more connected to the road. Yes it's true that the GTI does have the "sportier" suspension, but in all honestly, it's not that sporty, just a bit lower than the standard suspension.

        This has continued on with the Mk5 and Mk6 GTI's as well which routinely win comparison tests against their rivals despite not being the fastest or even having the best handling overall. It just all seems to come together well. Here are a couple of recent tests:

        http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/hatchbacks/112_1004_mazdaspeed3_mitsubishi_lancer_sportback_ralliart_subaru_wrx_volkswagen_gti/2010_volkswagen_gti.html

        - quote "Dynamically and aesthetically, the GTI comes across as the most mature of the group. The taut, composed chassis offers a refined sportiness that makes a day of 9/10ths motoring feel more like a pleasant drive through the hills. St. Antoine logs, "Chassis is superb, with a class-benchmark balance of ride poise and handling prowess." " -

        http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/comparisons/09q4/2010_mazdaspeed_3_vs._2010_volkswagen_gti-comparison_tests/2010_volkswagen_gti_page_3

        - quote "Aside from acceleration (we’ll get back to that), the GTI is a match for the Speed 3 in every performance category...............Add athleticism to smooth ride quality—essentially a BMW with front drive—and you have the winning combination." -

        I get the opportunity to drive a fair number of vehicles. I travel a lot for my job and drive a lot of rental vehicles. I can't say that I've yet driven a FWD car that I enjoy as much as my own GTI or other German FWD cars I've driven. True, I don't get the sporty versions of the cars, but I've also driven base model VW's that I prefer the handling of compared to the rentals I get as well.

        Call it what you will, but I do notice a difference in the way my GTI travels down the road compared to other run of the mill FWD vehicles and the critics agree. Drive a couple and see what you think.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Uh... it's a charcoal drawing...

        ...besides, us german fanboys care more about how it drives... not how pretty it is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, what a bunch of deluded individuals.
        You actually think that Audis drive better than any run-of-the-mill FDW sedan with an AWD option. German cars premium prices act more like a tax on stupidity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @audi_arena
        so true, just so happens that most of them look Bad A anyway, in a timeless classic/aggressive way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "us german fanboys care more about how it drives.."

        audi_arena, I couldn't agree with you more..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @audi_arena

        You're saying, Audis drive in any way special than the average Camcord?
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