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VW Release NMS Sketches Just As It Unveils New European Passat.

Big differences planned between U.S., European midsize sedans.

by on Sep.30, 2010

Sibling rivalry? Just how different are the U.S. NMS -- shown in a new rendering -- and the new VW Passat debuting in Paris?

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.

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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.

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First Look: 2012 Volkswagen Midsize Sedan

First new product for new Chattanooga plant revealed.

by on Oct.28, 2009

VW provides a first sneak peek at the 2012 Volkswagen Midsize Sedan, scheduled for production in Tennessee.

VW provides a first sneak peek at the 2012 Volkswagen Midsize Sedan, scheduled for production in Tennessee.

It isn’t much.  Let’s get that out of the way right up front, but it’s nonetheless the first glimpse we’ve been given of the midsize sedan Volkswagen plans to produce at its all-new Chattanooga assembly plant, which is still more than a year away from opening.

Volkswagen of America’s high-flying CEO, Stefan Jacoby, has set some tough targets for the automaker.  It’s aiming to more than double sales, by 2018, to 800,000 units a year, significantly better than it did even back in the days when the original Beetle dominated the subcompact and import market segments.

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Of course, it’s a very different VW today.  The so-called “New” Beetle is little more than a market afterthought, and the company now offers a wide range of products, from the compact Golf up to the big Touareg sport-utility vehicle.  But VW is betting that it needs to take a big step up from its current midsize offering, the Passat.

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