Volkswagen New Midsize Sedan

Though it’s only been known by the nickname “New Midsize Sedan” so far, Volkswagen is already making sales projections for its new, U.S. market specific Passat-replacement. VW hopes to sell more than 60,000 units of the large sedan in its first year.

The NMS is expected to be larger and far cheaper than the outgoing Passat, a strategy it recently employed with the new Jetta built specifically for the U.S. The New Midsize Sedan will have its work cut out for it if Volkswagen wants the car to have a real impact in what is one of the most competitive automotive classes in America.

Production at the automaker’s coming U.S. plant in Tennessee could be increased to above 100,000 units in 2012, should the four-door be well-received against the likes of the Toyota Camry, Mazda6, and Honda Accord. The guessing will be over soon enough as it won’t be long before we have more to go on besides a few sketches and the moniker “New Midsize Sedan.”

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2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Fair Market Price $10,855 2.5 (Manual) Hatchback

EPA MPG:

22 City / 31 Hwy

Safety (NHTSA):

★★★★

Horse Power:

170 @ 5700