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Volkswagen NMS spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

For all of secrecy surrounding the New Midsized Sedan, we may have just scored our first unfettered glimpse at the new Volkswagen four-door. The quick-eyed crew over at JokeForBlog managed to lay their hands on a scant few images of what appears to be the NMS, and the vehicle looks to take more than a few cues from the 2011 Volkswagen Jetta. Using the German carmaker's revised corporate face up front and the same hexagonal license plate inset on the trunk deck, the similarities are almost overwhelming. We've got to wonder exactly what VW has planned to differentiate the two models other than size.

Unfortunately, if these shots are accurate, the as-yet unnamed sedan doesn't appear to be nearly as aggressive as the renderings we saw at this year's Paris Motor Show. While those drawings showed off a low-slung four-door with aggressive lines and plenty of menace in its bones, these spy photos show a vehicle that looks downright pedestrian and conservative. That said, given the modest wheels this model is wearing, we suspect it's a lower trim level – hopefully more expensive models will appear more premium and aggressive.

With the current Passat headed for the scrap heap in America, it would appear that we'd best get used to what we see above. Odds are this machine is going to be a bigger, less-expensive replacement for long-serving VW four-door.


  • Volkswagen NMS Spy Shot front 3/4

  • Volkswagen NMS Spy Shots side

  • Volkswagen NMS Spy Shots rear


[Source: JokeForBlog via Autoblog.nl]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh Volkswagen. I don't think anyone gets to number 1 without cutting some corners and really appealing to the mainstream. They do want to be the new Toyota, after all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not surprising at all that it's not as aggressive as the concept. They want this to be a mass-seller, not a niche car. Definitely vanilla, but should find plenty of buyers if they employed the same cost-cutting measures that we saw in the new Jetta.

      Guessing no wagon anymore here either?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ zamafir

        I don't know what you are talking about..... Every SINGLE complaint I have heard has stemmed from their reliability issues. THAT is why they didn't buy a VW.

        They are at the bottom of JD Power, Consumer Reports, and TrueDelta for a reason, you know?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disagree. Toyota and Honda have a lock on the "boring but reliable car as appliance" market. Here in the US, VW models offered attractive styling, lovely interiors, and a bit of Germanic ride and handling at a moderate price. The downside was VW unreliability.

        With VW going towards boring styling, cheap interiors, and dumbed-down suspensions (torsion beam), they give us Toyota and Honda boredom, but with VW unreliability. If VW no longer offers attractive styling, lovely interior, and a Germanic ride/handling compromise, then what's the point? Why buy an unreliable, boring VW when you could buy a reliable, boring Toyota or Honda?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @NightFlight - lol i'm not contesting that. I'm just saying the majority of customer complaints vw dealers field when attempting to sell cars like the passat isn't 'oh is it' reliable' it's 'oh it's kinda pricey vs the [insert camry, whatever, reference here]'.

        it's not that hard, I was pretty clear in my reply, the general public seems not to be as concerned with reliability issues as they are with the price, at least coming from where VW's made strides in sales and what their sales people and corp people tell me. Obviously the concern on AB is different but AB the general US buying public :).
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Here in the US, VW models offered attractive styling, lovely interiors, and a bit of Germanic ride and handling at a moderate price. The downside was VW unreliability."

        errr no. ask the majority of buyers and the downside, the number one factor which prevented them from purchasing, was the price. the average car buyer doesn't think unreliability first and formost, hell the average car buyer tells me the fiat 500 will be unreliable as hell, they tend to be a decade or so behind the prevailing generalizations.

        Decontenting the car and cutting costs will allow vw to actually compete in this segment, where they don't now, not even by their metrix's. Cheap will lead to simple and simple will lead to less going wrong. With a CC in the wings, who cares. Same holds for the jetta, decontented model to compete with the likes of the corolla and the vw nerds still get the usual fiar with the GTI and forthcoming GLI, it makes a ton of sense. Premium 'real' vws for those who can continue to afford to make that a priority and less expensive 'americanized' models for the rest of the general public. If the jetta's numbers are any indication, their logic is sound.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like an '06 Chevy Impala from the side. I've been a VW guy for 10 years. Looks like I'll be getting a Ford when my lease is up.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Oh but Piech thinks that the country (post-war USA) that made VW doesn't know anything about VW's.

      We don't want euro VW's - and the chicken tax makes it impossible any way - hmm, in Mexico you get most of those designs - made in Mexico.

      VW's plan for domination will fail - sure there will be plenty of bland car shoppers happy with a bland VW. But not for traditional and loyal owners. I'm beginning to talk down VW after owning them since 1975. F----- - off VW for not listening to dealers who asked us what we wanted and for letting an ego-maniac like Piech screw us over.

      That doesn't mean you want have me watching; but more than likely, a euro-design Ford is in my future. When the Germans get to feeling their oats, they get to be the Germans that think they are superior. The Volksyotas are coming! Puke! Barf!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is anyone else getting some weird Chevrolet Impala vibe from this VW NMS photo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      As a Ford stock holder , things are looking better and better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is this the new Honda Crosstour sedan?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You know what's sad? The people who make VW's also make Audi's. Now the entire Audi lineup is similar-ish, but at least all the cars look special and cool in their own way.

        This is just bland, bland, bland. Get some heart in there VW!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I had to go look at pictures of the new Jetta just so I could figure out what the differences were. Conclusion: not much. The "One car, different sizes" approach might work with Audi, because those cars at least have some elegant styling cues and nice detailing. This and the Jetta just look boring and cheap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I guess toyota and VW are trying to pick up the boring / bland product lineup that Ford & Chevrolet left behind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        From the side view, this NMS can pass for a GM car..or somewhat Avalon-ish as another mentioned. Either way, it doesn't look like a German car at all..drab and stodgy looking.

        Yep, I'd stick to the CC (to be refreshed by de' Silva) if I'd go for another "Passat" (to replace my B5)...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously. What an enormous step backward. The next Fusion/Mondeo is going to eat its lunch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I look at this picture and think I'm looking at an '09 Kia Optima. Color me uninterested and completely disappointed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      this looks like someone puked up a toyota.
      vw, you have failed.
      good luck, i will not be buying anything that looks like that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So not only does VW want to out sell Toyota it looks like they want to be Toyota.....along with Honda.

      Why don't they just all merge and call it Boring Motors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like I'm holding on to my Mk3 and Mk4 Jettas, and my wife plans to hold on to her B5 Passat.

      Unless the bland design direction drastically changes, I'll even rebuild these cars from the ground up before I consider ANY of VW's current and future offerings...
      • 4 Years Ago
      As distinctive as sand in the desert.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope not. This thing is more plain than a Camry. I got tired just looking at the picture. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, it's a snoozefest. VW is going in the wrong direction.

        Although in their eyes, it worked for the Jetta. De-contenting and cutting costs increases sales.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like this car was designed in the Nineties
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol, the Camry looks like a sports sedan compared to this. I guess Audi is going to be the good looking brand from now on and VW will be the ultra-generic econobox brand? I know the roots of the company involve a cheap car anybody can buy but at least the Beetle was unique looking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like VW got the message too late not to use Toyota's play-book. Oh well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the all-new 2012 VW Avalon!
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