Much like soccer, the Volkswagen Golf is immensely popular all over the world, with the exception of Canada and the United States. The two holdout countries prefer the Jetta by a significant margin, and Volkswagen is well aware of this – even going as far as to engineer an entirely new Jetta designed specifically with the North American market in mind.
The new car, codenamed NCS (for “New Compact Sedan”) was supposedly spotted by an astute GM Inside News reader somewhere in Michigan. While there’s no confirmation that these are indeed NCS mules, the design cues (like the shape of the headlines) and the overall profile of the car strongly suggest that these are the new compact VWs.
Few details have leaked out about the cars, but it’s widely known that the cars will revert back to the torsion beam rear suspension, to cut costs and allow the NCS to be positioned as an entry-level volume leader. Powertrains are also something of a mystery, but expect Volkswagen’s excellent diesel engines and dual clutch transmissions to appear.
[Source: GM Inside News]