2012 Volkswagen Passat
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We're less than 24 hours away from Volkswagen's big reveal at the Detroit Auto Show and while our man Paukert was staked out at a media gathering at VW's corporate headquarters in Herndon, VA he learned that the NMS will carry the Passat badge when it goes on sale later this year.

Up until now, there was some question whether V-Dub would continue to use Passat for its new mid-size sedan, but after the NCS (New Compact Sedan) debuted with the Jetta badge, it was all but assumed that the Passat nameplate would carry on. We'll have all the details on the 2012 Passat later tonight and live shots from the floor when the wraps come off tomorrow.

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