Volkswagen reveals reworked 2011 Touareg

February 12th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Described as the most technically innovative Volkswagen ever created, the 2011 Touareg makes use of many modifications to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions.

The exterior design remains familiar but dimensions have changed 4.3 cm longer, 2.0 cm lower, and has a 4.0 cm longer wheelbase –  width remains unchanged. Design details include a new corporate face grille, a reshaped profile, and distinctive taillights.

Inside, the cabin has higher quality materials, more comfortable seats, and additional rear leg room. The rear seats can be folded down via a press of a button to free up 1,642 liters of cargo space (it has 580 liters of space with seats up). Other equipment includes a standard 6.5 inch touch-screen, a 6-disc CD changer, an available GPS navigation system (with an 8-inch touch-screen), and a variety of different trims.

Weighing in at 208 kilograms less than the outgoing model, the 2011 Touareg offers a choice of FSI, TDI, TSI, and Hybrid engines. The V8 petrol, V10 TDI, and W12 engines are no longer offered.

The Touareg Hybrid is motivated by a supercharged V6 TSI petrol engine that produces 245 kW and an electric motor with 34 kW. With a combined output of 279 kW and 580 Nm of torque, the Hybrid can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and push on to a top speed of 240 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 8.2 L/100 km, while CO2 emissions come in at 193 g/km. The hybrid can also drive up to 50 km/h in pure electric mode.

The 3.6-liter V6 FSI has 206 kW of power and 360 Nm of torque. It drinks 9.9 L/100 km, and has a CO2 emission rating of 236 g/km.

On the diesel side Volkswagen offers two TDI engines. The V6 TDI cranks out 176 kW and 550 Nm of torque. It consumes 7.4 l/100 km. On the other hand, the new 4.2-liter V8 TDI has 250 kW and a whopping 800 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 9.1 L/100 km.

The engines send power through two all-wheel drive systems. The base 4Motion version has a Torsen limited-slip differential and an off-road driving program. If that isn’t enough for your off-road adventures, the V6 TDI offers an available 4XMOTION all-wheel drive system.  It allows the Touareg to climb grades of up to 45 degrees thanks to reduction gearing, locking differentials (center and rear), and a rotary terrain switch (which offers five modes – On-Road, Off-Road, Low, centre differential lock, and rear differential lock).

The new Touareg will start arriving in dealerships globally from April.

VW forming dedicated ‘R’ performance division

February 3rd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

BMW has M. Mercedes has AMG. Audi has Quattro. Now Volkswagen is ready to launch the R brand as a separate performance division of the company.

The official announcement is expected at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March. After that, the stage is set for additional performance models to come out of the new R division. Recent offerings include the new Golf R (which is arriving in NZ this month), the Scirocco R, and there are reports of an upcoming Jetta R previewed by the new Compact Coupe concept unveiled in Detroit.

It may look to many as simply a new marketing strategy but if we get some exciting new performance-focused vehicles, everyone wins.

VW Touareg – Baja race

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

VW’s history in the Baja race, plus the new Touareg blasting through the dunes

Volkswagen Scirocco

December 19th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

On-track driving, plus static beauty shots of the VW Scirocco

Suzuki and VW to start joint projects in January

December 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

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Newlyweds Volkswagen and Suzuki won’t waste anytime in getting started on their new joint projects. At the recent launch of the new Suzuki Alto, CEO Osama Suzuki told reporters that the teamed up automakers will begin “Actual, detailed execution — with our people going there and their people coming here… after January.”

That first project will be a new small car that will be sold in developing countries, which could be outsourced from Suzuki’s Indian Maruti operations and is rumored to cost between $4,300 and $5,400 USD.

Volkswagen has much less experience in building ultra-small cars than Suzuki, which is a leader in Japan’s tiny Kei car class, and an expert at making money with low pricing.

Volkswagen Scirocco – design interview (part 2 of 2)

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

An interview with Marc Lichte, head of exterior design of the VW Scirocco

Volkswagen Scirocco – design interview (part 1 of 2)

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

An interview with Marc Lichte, head of exterior design of the VW Scirocco

Sixth-generation VW Golf

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Volkswagen shows us the generation six Golf

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