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These three renderings just posted to Volkswagen's Facebook page may look an awful lot like the 2011 Passat that just debuted at the Paris Motor Show, but be advised - this is something completely different.

If you haven't heard yet, the 2011 Passat will not be sold in North America. Wave, bye-bye. Instead, we're getting an all-new vehicle that Volkswagen is simply referring to for now as "NMS" (New Midsize Sedan). Will the Passat name carry over when the NMS launches? Hard to say, but remember that the 2011 Jetta was referred to only as NCS (New Compact Sedan) before its launch.

We also don't know exactly how much of the NMS' architecture and mechnicals will be shared with the new Passat, though we should find out closer to the car's debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January.




Volkswagen NMS renderings released as new Passat bows in Paris originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 30 Sep 2010
 

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I think whoever was at Autoblog yesterday got their facts mixed up. They kept saying that the Passat was coming to the US. It's not. The NMS is. Here is VW's press release.

HERNDON, Va. " Volkswagen of America, Inc. today released three new renderings of its New Midsize Sedan (NMS), which will be produced at the company's state-of-the-art assemblv plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The renderings focus on the new model's distinctive German design and progressive body styling.

The front view shows the strong hood lines and integration of the new Volkswagen design language across the face of the vehicle. The side view introduces the broad C-pillar and strong shoulder line, as well as the distinctive three window segments. In addition, the sculptured side panel has a strong rocker line running between the wheel arches. The unique head and tail lights are visible from the front and rear perspectives and underscore the model's modern, sporty look.

The NMS will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show (NAIAS) 2011 and its market introduction will take place in the third quarter of that year.
 
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