• Jan 5, 2011
A sheet-covered form on Volkswagen's consumer website is all the confirmation we need – VW's long-awaited New Midsize Sedan (NMS) is on its way to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show. While we don't know what the model's official name will be, we expect for it to be longer, wider, and less costly than the Euro-market Passat, and it'll be built in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Even though it will be exported, the NMS has been designed with the U.S. as its top priority. We'll have more details early next week as the show opens. [Source: Volkswagen]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I have 2 GTIs in the garage....an 07 and an '11 -the UPGRADE in interior quality prompted us to buy the new one.

      When I saw what they did to the Jetta I was shocked...WTFVW?

      The NMS will show us if the Jetta decontenting was a one-time stray from their equity or just the first step down-market. I'm not holding my breath.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a feeling it will be completely underwhelming
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about actually seeing the car (undetermined spy photos don't count) and driving the car before commenting on the car. However, I do join the skepticism of anything designed for the NAM has the great ptotential of being watered down. I sincerely hope VW gets it right with keeping German engineering intact to help seperate it from the crowd.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Yawn. Does VW really think there are crowds of people waiting to see this?

      Gee, look, it's a new sedan, 'who makes it?' 'I can't tell, they all look the same.'

      I'm just wondering if VW's plan for stateside domination will crash as badly as the Westmoreland factory - the first foreign/stateside factory, a great idea - but ruined when they took ideas and 'americanized' them - boy they have short memories.

      They believe in their own arrogance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It starts at the top, with Ferdinand Piech (or as Peter De Lorenzo over at The Autoextremist calls him, "Colonel Klink"). I'm thinking this is going to be the Westmoreland Rabbit all over again. Think it will be available in powder blue, with a powder blue interior?

        A million VWs a year sold in the U.S. (recently revised upward from 800,000), by 2018? Delusional.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Heh, I live not too far from that plant. I think it was built on an old indian burial ground because nothing in that plant has ever succeed. Chrysler after building the plant never built a car there, VW had the Rabbit for a few short years, and recently Sony was building big screen tube TV's just before the introduction of LCD's.

        Sony has been moving stuff out and a solar panel company bought a portion of the facility, looking to expand their production but have done next to nothing as their business is now faltering...

        So far everything that has come out of that plant has been doomed for failure...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess this will be a LaCrosse competitor.
      • 4 Years Ago

      You say that before you've even seen or driven it?

      Wow uncle, that kind of VW product confidence hasn't been in my head for quite a while.
      • 4 Years Ago
      did a new Passat and the CC just come out in the last couple of years? I thought Vw beat a model to death before rolling something new out...it's horrible Camerys and Accords that are new every 2-3 years and I cannot tell them from the last....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I think it looks awful. That looks exactly like the sheet that Toyota draped over the Camry, plus in the back the sheet looks just like the sheet from the previous-generation Accord.

      No doubt about it, this car sucks. VW is in big trouble.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The decontenting/American-ized New Jetta and NMS/ Passat confirms that history repeats itself...(remember the dumbed down Westmoreland VW Rabbit fiasco).

        "Unfortunately, McLernon tried to "Americanize" the Golf/Rabbit (Volkswagen executive Werner Schmidt referred to the act as "Malibuing" the car) by softening the suspension and using cheaper materials for the interior.[citation needed] VW purists in America and company executives in Germany were displeased,[citation needed] and for the 1983 model year the Pennsylvania plant went back to using stiffer shocks and suspension with higher-quality interior trim.[c.."

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Golf_Mk1
        • 4 Years Ago
        @apearlman

        I hereby award you "Most subtle criticism of Autoblog poster commentary". Well played, sir.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, I'm a hypocrite. I know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or any other midsize sedan. Give the Toyo-bashing a rest. It gets old.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Volkswagen is going the way of Toyota towards losing it's German-ness. Fat, decontented, boring sedans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota boring looks (if it, most likely, does look like a bigger Jetta), larger, heavier, assumed (if like the Jetta) less German/European handling, with reliability that is horrendous. Umm, why are we supposed to like this?

      The thing that made Volkswagens special was they were different. An "affordable", sporty, slightly quirky, attractive, German car with luxury intentions that didn't kill your wallet. Now they are trying to be a Toyota...an appliance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the past decade we've seen domestic and Asian brands significantly up the level of equipment available at lower prices. Even my econo-hatch Mazda3 has heated/leather/memory seats and Bluetooth. Meanwhile, European brands have taken the crazy train to Option Land, where leather seats are still optional on a 528i, base price $45,000.

      VW straddles the mainstream and premium markets, but so far the US oriented Jetta offers neither a premium European feel nor a content rich American/Asian value. Where's the MyTouch equivalent, auto climate control, independent suspension, xenon headlights . . .? I hope the NMS recaptures some of the premium content and feel missing in the Jetta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      According to what we've seen in the Jetta VI, we can expect a "new" NMS with torsional beam axle in the back, hard shinny plastics on the dash and doors, the aging Tiptronic six speed and worst of all, the horrendous 2.5 liter, five in-line asthmatic engine than has the power of a 4 cil but with the MPGs from a V6. People, please don't expect much; VW did that already with the cheaper Jetta VI. Santana to be the new name? No way, I'm sure they will just call it the completely new Passat. Apparently the Routan wans't enough of a lesson.
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