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Volkswagen NMS renderings – Click above for high-res image gallery

These three renderings just posted to Volkswagen's Facebook page may look an awful lot like the 2011 Passat that just debuted at the Paris Motor Show, but be advised – this is something completely different.

If you haven't heard yet, the 2011 Passat will not be sold in North America. Wave, bye-bye. Instead, we're getting an all-new vehicle that Volkswagen is simply referring to for now as "NMS" (New Midsize Sedan). Will the Passat name carry over when the NMS launches? Hard to say, but remember that the 2011 Jetta was referred to only as NCS (New Compact Sedan) before its launch.

We also don't know exactly how much of the NMS' architecture and mechnicals will be shared with the new Passat, though we should find out closer to the car's debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January. See all of Volkswagen's renderings for yourself in the gallery below.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Many people who blog on here really have no idea what a VW is about or maybe what it even stands for, "the peoples car". I have seen the new NMS and it is worth the money. Have any of you even seen the suspension on a VW Jetta or Golf. Outstanding engineering and now they have even gone all out for quality. VW is #1 in Europe and I believe #2 in the world. Wake up and drive a new VW people. This is no Toyota or Hyundai piece of junk. VW has had the car of the year for the last 5 years. The Polo won for 2011. This one is slated to win for 2012 I feel. American and Japanese cars can't handle the Autobahn and fall apart. There is a reason for that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The European-only Passat is VERY boringly rendered. It is not an improvement on the current Passat, so it almost seems pointless that they updated the body so incrementally. The NMS (American Passat) has more style and is more in keeping with current mid-size offerings here, as well as not so dumpy looking compared to the CC (which will continue here, as the Golf also will). VW will now offer Americans a less expensive line AND the German cars for those who want to pay more for the extra amenities they offer.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Hey Ferdinand!

      Have you ever talked to actual long-term VW owners over here in the States? Have you ever driven the bumpy two lane back roads around the Great Lakes? Camped in VW camper or VW van? Ever taken the seats out of a Eurovan and loaded it with goods for the weekend Farmer's Markets? Ever used one for deliveries? Ever used one of the old Rabbit pickups for carpentry work? Have you ever driven a GTI over here - on California's coast road? Or through the Rockies? Or the Sierra's?

      Thought not. Get a FRIGGIN' CLUE!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even though I'd never buy either, I'm glad the NMS is coming here instead of the Passat, it looks way better
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looking at the rendering(which always tend to look more aggressive/stylized than the real deal), my guess is that the NMS will look very similar to the new Passat. Maybe with a bit of B5 Passat thrown in as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess they will be decontended in order to sell them at a lower price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, I'm just about over this new styling direction from VW. The Golf, Jetta, Passat and this are all pretty boring. They're not going to expand much in the US if they keep this up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      VW just keeps getting more and more vanilla, doing away one of the main reasons for choosing one over an Asian transportation appliance and the justification for so so reliability. Ugh, VW what have you done?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it ironic that while American companies are finally learning to bring their superior European market products to the states, VW is is hard at work bringing us inferior, bloated, boring products created specifically for the US.

      Sad end to a great marque.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am having a hard time following the logic/designs of the VAG. On one hand, you have designs such as the R8, A5/S5 and the CC, which IMO are all striking (especially the A5). Then you have the new Passat, this NMS (which looks incredibly similar to the new Passat), the new A8 and the new Jetta which are all incredibly boring and overly simplified designs. I've appreciated the elegant simplicity of their past designs, but some of these new models are just so dull and worse, the Jetta/Passat/A8 all look very similar except for size/headlight treatment.

      Plus, VWoA's new strategy of decontenting their vehicles goes directly against what their customers liked about the car in the first place; yes, they may price higher than the Camcord competition, but they typically delivered more refinement, design and a better overall driving experience. To go against that now seems like they are only hurting their chances in the American market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a stretched Passat. The front clip is identical, but on the NMS there's glass or more likely black plastic (ala LaCrosse / 4G TL) aft of the rear doors, and the rear end is different (plate holder integrated into the trunk, etc.). My guess is that VWoA decided that us fat Americans need more rear leg room to consider the Passat and asked for a longer car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look, I think we are all forgetting what people here have proven to want. A dead-nuts reliable 2 ton personal transportation pod. Camcordimas wouldnt be selling in the volumes they do here unless cheap, cheap, cheap, unoffensive, safe (as in safe choice, the neighbor wont laugh or question your choice, plus Consumer Reports said it was good...) and reliable are the selling points. The US has consistently voted with their wallets to say nothing is more important than each last dollar on appliances.
      Fact is, "enthusiasts" aint enough to bring sales volumes up. VW wants to move up from a niche player, and watched the market here to offer what we clearly want based on sales.

      The Sonata has been a bit of a blip, the Camcordima stranglehold has seen a bump from the Sonata, but otherwise, its vanilla ahead for car buyers here, accoring to the numbers.

      The new US spec cars need to be decontented, dumbed down, simple, vanilla, and hopefully a step forward in appliance like reliability. I think the conventional wisdom may be wrong, if they can pull off the Consumer Reports approval, this car will increase sales along with the MKVI Jetta.

      Lets not forget, we'll still get the GTI GLI and CC for those that want an enthusiasts car.
      I love my CC, and would be very upset if they didnt offer some world platform like this in the future, but I think they will. They dont want to lose historical niche buyers, just get Sally Soccer Mom and Joe Average along the way.

      Interesting experiment, we'll see how it pans out. I think it will take a few years to see a trend either way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yuck. is as as though vw said, smugly, 'well if americans like to buy cars with styling a tier below our and interiors two tiers below, that's what we'll give them'

      no... vw... this is not how you do it. and I'm guessing their sales figures will reflect that. look for honda-esc revisions downwards on expected overall sales in the future.
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