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Old 11-24-2008, 01:20 PM   #1
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Although at first glance this shiny black car may not like anything exceptional, its actually the very first mule ever photographed of Volkswagens soon-to-be Chattanooga-built mid-market sedan. The new sedan is intended to go head-to-head with the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry.

Referred to as the NMS (as in new mid-market sedan), this new car will fit in-between the Jetta and Passat in VWs lineup, and will likely have a starting price of around $20,000.
In contrast to most future vehicle plans, Volkswagen has openly mentioned the NMS and what they hope to accomplish with this vehicle, as well as required amenities. VW has hinted that the new sedan will boast generous legroom, a larger trunk, bigger cup holders, improved interior quality, a six-speed dual clutch transmission, gas and diesel powerplants and the possibility of all-wheel drive.
Initially, engines and transmissions will be manufactured in Mexico the same ones as found in the New Beetle and Jetta. This test mule as clearly seen on the paper affixed to the windshield is powered by VWs 2.5-liter I5.
In addition to the North American market, VW may be also developing this platform for the Chinese market.
VWs new Tennessee plant is expected to be up and running by early 2011, so look for the NMS to hit the market sometime after that
http://www.leftlanenews.com/volkswagen-nms.html






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Old 11-24-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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Yikes. Not digging the headlights from that pic. Maybe it'll look better at a streetlevel angle.
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:52 PM   #3
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Fat Jetta for the middle america win.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:45 PM   #4
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Not good enough for Europe, but plenty fine for US and China?
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:52 PM   #5
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Does anyone read the description anymore or do they just look at the pretty pictures?!?

This is a test MULE.
What it looks like means NOTHING about what the final car will look like.
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Old 11-24-2008, 05:54 PM   #6
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Does anyone read the description anymore or do they just look at the pretty pictures?!?
You act as if you are surprised by this.

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Old 11-24-2008, 06:06 PM   #7
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This is a test MULE. [/b] What it looks like means NOTHING about what the final car will look like.
looks production ready to me.
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Old 11-24-2008, 06:38 PM   #8
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Looks identical to the Jetta other than the headlights and obviously slightly wider. Even the hoodlines and side mirrors are identical.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:16 PM   #9
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Looks identical to the Jetta other than the headlights and obviously slightly wider. Even the hoodlines and side mirrors are identical.
It's probably a mish-mash of parts from current models.
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:22 PM   #10
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It's probably a mish-mash of parts from current models.
Thus a Test Mule!
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:46 PM   #11
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those headlights remind me of a chevy cobalt
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:26 PM   #12
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I don't care about anything, in three years, that thing will be built five minutes from where I live.

Epic win.
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:26 PM   #13
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Why the **** am I double posting?
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