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Press Release) Volkswagen Showcases Second Generation Touareg
Featuring Hybrid Powertrain at the 2010 New York International Auto
Volkswagen of America, Inc. today unveiled the second generation
Touareg, showcasing the brand's first-ever hybrid at the 2010 New
York International Auto Show.
Taking the Touareg to the forefront of its class are three available
engines to suit a variety of different drivers: A V6 FSIŽ gasoline
engine, a V6 TDIŽ Clean Diesel engine, and a V6 TSIŽ gasoline hybrid
With the hybrid model, a
3.0-liter supercharged, direct injection V6 gasoline engine is
paired with a special electric motor that reduces fuel consumption
and CO2 emissions by about 40 percent.
An eight-speed automatic transmission the first of its kind in an
SUV keeps power always available while helping the Touareg Hybrid
achieve approximately 25 and 21 mpg during highway and city driving
respectively. A special clutch can disengage the transmission from
the engine when the engine is not powering the Touareg, allowing it
to coast forward emission free to further aid in fuel savings. The
electric motor can also recover kinetic energy during braking to
help recharge the nickel metal-hydride battery pack. With the V6
engine and electric motor combined, a total of 375 horsepower and
428 lbs.-ft. of torque are available, allowing for full towing
capacity of up to 7,700 pounds.
Also available is
Volkswagen's 3.0-liter, V6 TDIŽ Clean Diesel engine, which offers
improved fuel economy, reduced emissions, and greater power versus a
similarly-sized gasoline engine, and is an excellent complement to
the new Touareg's athletic design. A 3.6-liter, V6 FSIŽ gasoline
engine comes standard with the 2011 model, providing smooth
acceleration and all around performance. On all Touareg models,
Volkswagen's 4MOTIONŽ all-wheel drive system is ready to tackle
nearly any driving condition encountered on and off the road.
Matching the new
Touareg's refinements under the hood is a fully-revised exterior
that embraces the brand's new face and styling cues, created by
Volkswagen's chief of design, Walter de'Silva.
At the front is a narrower grille opening that seamlessly connects
to the trapezoidal headlight housings that carry U-shaped LED
running lights and Bi-Xenon High Intensity Gas-Discharged headlamps.
The housings flow into the new fender flares, and a pair of compact
fog lamps at the lower portion of the front fascia stand underneath
the Touareg's front air intakes.
The hood features a
raised portion that runs from the grille back, finishing at the side
mirrors and giving a more muscular overall appearance. A chrome
accent strip carries from behind the front wheels, and runs along
the bottom of the doors to complement the chrome touches bordering
The back of the Touareg is defined with pronounced curves around the
hatch area, LED illuminated taillights with housings to match up
front, and a blacked out lower bumper with a set of shaped, chrome
Compared to its
predecessor, the 2011 Touareg is wider and has a shorter overall
height for a stronger presence. A longer wheelbase and greater
length provide greater stability, and more room inside the cabin,
while the use of new materials and other adjustments have removed
nearly 450 pounds from the vehicle.
The Touareg's interior
has also been refined, making for a better use of space for both the
driver and passengers, as well as in the cargo area. The greater use
of curves and further attention to details on the door and dash trim
coincide with redesigned, full leather seating for five, and
cross-stitching on all panels and surfaces. Both the front and rear
passengers can enjoy greater legroom with the Touareg's new overall
dimensions and fully adjustable seats, while the rear seatback can
be folded at the touch of a button in the trunk, for more storage
A seven-inch widescreen
color display located between the main gauges in the dash provides
the driver with the latest vehicle status information, including of
the drive system in the hybrid model, turn-by-turn navigation
directions, and more.
Volkswagen's new RNS850
touch screen entertainment and navigation system features an 8-inch
screen, a 60GB hard drive with 18GB of space available to upload
audio, video, and more, and a DVD/CD player with MP3 playback and
Satellite/FM/AM stereo. The navigation system can display maps and
directions in a 3-D view, and highlights major landmark highlights
to further assist when traveling.
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