UPDATE: New spy photos of Volkswagen NMS car
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Eyewitness News has acquired new photographs of the vehicle believed to be the new Volkswagen to be built in Chattanooga.
The new Volkswagen, dubbed the "NMS" or "New Mid-Sized Sedan", will be built at the billion dollar Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant.
As with previous photos, Volkswagen will neither confirm nor deny these new photographs are of the NMS.
However, the photos appear to be similar to the photos acquired by WRCB in August, and appear to have the signature VW badge underneath the concealment pads.
According to the photographer, the photos were taken in Nevada near VW's "secret" test facility a couple of days ago.
The photographer said they "were surprised to see VW working out of their remote garage this time of year, as it's normally used just in the summer months for hot weather testing - and rarely in November."
Volkswagen is expected to officially introduce the NMS at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January of 2011.
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) – It's the first glimpse of the new Volkswagen prototype, expected to be built in Chattanooga.
Channel 3 Eyewitness News has acquired photographs of what is believed to be the new Volkswagen mid-sized sedan, known as the "NMS".
The photos were taken during VW Testing in the Mojave Desert in the Southwestern United States.
These are believed to be the first photographs to surface of the NMS wearing its real body. Earlier photos showed the NMS with a demonstration body, designed to be used while testing the mechanics of the car.
Eyewitness News contacted VW to confirm the authenticity of the photos. Spokesperson for Volkswagen of America, Kerry Christopher says "We try not to encourage spy photographers by commenting or speculating on their work."
The quote is a deviation from VW's outright denials when Channel 3 has previously asked about models expected to be built in Chattanooga.
According to the photographer, the prototype car is larger than the Jetta and being tested by a group of engineers from Germany.
Volkswagen is putting the final touches on a $1 billion manufacturing plant in the South Enterprise Industrial Park in Chattanooga. When complete the new VW plant will employ upwards of 2,000 people.