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VW releases new NMS renderings

New renderings of the Volkswagen NMS, or New Midsize Sedan, were revealed by the automaker earlier today. The car, recently spied during hot weather testing in the desert of the American West, has been confirmed for a Detroit Auto Show reveal in January 2011.

The car will hit the U.S. market roughly six months later, with a starting price of about $20,000. The automaker is hoping to sell 100,000 NMS units annually. While VW did not confirm the price points today, but did acknowledge that the NMS will be built alongside the U.S.-spec Jetta at the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant.

Several similarities can be gleaned from looking at both the renderings and the recent spy pics. The deeply grooved hood that is so prominent in the drawings does show through the camouflage of the real prototype. The proportions, split by the wide B-pillar, look to have been well maintained, leading to the wide C-pillar.

At the same time, the spy photos show blander rocker panels, and a stubbier looking rear end than what is displayed in the renderings. It should be an interesting unveil in Detroit, and look for more spy pics to pop up in the coming months.

Press Release:

VOLKSWAGEN RELEASES NEW MIDSIZE SEDAN RENDERINGS THAT SHOWCASE MODEL’S DISTINCTIVE GERMAN DESIGN

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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