Report: Volkswagen Releases Design Sketch of New Mid-Sized Sedan

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Volkswagen is preparing a new mid-sized sedan to replace the Passat in North America and has just released a new design sketch of what the vehicle will look like. The decision to replace the Passat comes after VW’s admission its current mid-sized sedan is just too small, too expensive and, quite frankly, too nice.

The quasi-premium Passat, with its smaller dimensions and interior space just never captured the attention of the American public. This new model, VW hopes, will change that. The car, called the NMS (New Mid Size), will be built in the U.S. at VW’s Chattanooga, Tenn. plant. The lower production costs and lack of overseas shipping costs will cut a considerable amount of overhead from the project allowing VW to sell the car’s much closer to the $20,000 mark.

There’s no word on engines, but as the rest of the industry seems to offer a larger 4-cylinder and a V6, that seems like a good bet. Then again, VW doesn’t often follow the rest of the industry and they do love to put that 2.0T engine in everything.

The NMS won’t be around for a while, however, as VW does plan to put its new vehicle up for sale until 2011 as a 2012 model.

Colum Wood
Colum Wood

With AutoGuide from its launch, Colum previously acted as Editor-in-Chief of Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine where he became a certifiable car snob driving supercars like the Koenigsegg CCX and racing down the autobahn in anything over 500 hp. He has won numerous automotive journalism awards including the Best Video Journalism Award in 2014 and 2015 from the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). Colum founded Geared Content Studios, VerticalScope's in-house branded content division and works to find ways to integrate brands organically into content.

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