New Passat to make Chinese debut at Auto Shanghai 2011 image

Volkswagen’s new Passat NMS, successor to the Passet B6, will make its Chinese debut at this year’s Shanghai Automobile Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2011), auto.qq.com reported today.

Following its premiere, the new sedan will be produced and Shanghai VW joint venture.

The B7 Magotan will get some minor changes to the interior but the big changes will be on the outside which will move to take the Magotan into the current corporate grill style.

According to reports the car will have a North American starting price of $20,000, a figure relatively competitive in the Chinese market. The car is expected to be slightly cheaper than FAW-VW’s upcoming Passat B7, based on the current Passat.

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The North American Passat NMW is powered by either a 170-hp 2.5L or 280-hp 3.6L V6 engine, while the new Chinese version will be based on either a 1.8TDI or 2.0TDI clean diesel.

FAW-VW’s Magotan, Chinese version of the PQ46 Passat, managed to get a sales result of 8,202 units in February. The figures mark a huge jump for the car, which has been on the domestic market for three years.