December 8, 2010 by Tycho de Feijter
Volkswagen is working on an NMS (New Midsize Sedan) for the US and China. The NMS is bigger and cheaper than a Passat but made with less quality materials, especially in the interior.
Americans don’t care as long as it has cupholders, Chinese don’t care as long as they can sit comfortably in the back. The NMS will be made in China by Shanghai-Volkswagen, the joint venture was also heavily involved in design and development. The spy pics are made near the factory in Shanghai. VW will likely make the NMS in the US as well to keep the price low.
Lenght of the Shanghai NMS is 4870, plus 81mm compared to the Passat. Width is 1834, plus 69mm. Wheelbase is 2803, plus 94mm. Engines for the Shanghai NMS: 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI and 2.0TSI. Debut expected at the Shanghai Auto Show in April next year but there might be a ‘concept’ at the Guangzhou Auto Show starting on December 21. More pics: