They’re clearly kissing cousins, but there are also some distinct differences between the all-new Volkswagen Passat making its public debut at the Paris Motor Show, this week, and the yet-to-be-seen model that American drivers will be getting next week.
“Completely different cars,” emphasized VW’s senior product planner, Toscan Bennett, during a conversation with TheDetroitBureau.com on the floor of the 2010 Mondial de l’Automobile.
This newly-released rendering of the Volkswagen NMS — short for New Midsize Sedan – underscores that point.
The two models aren’t night-and-day. The images suggest that the sedan that will be built at VW’s new assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee borrows some of the more distinctive Passat design elements, such as the angular cut to the low-browed headlamps, and the cut of the three-bar grille.