• Nov 30th 2007 at 6:38PM
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The Volkswagen Tiguan is VW's next best hope to bring volume to the US market, and the German automaker is pulling out all the stops. First, VW priced it at $22,000, which is a welcome change from the excessive bounties needed to secure many other Volkswagens. VW also intends to parther the 2.0T base car with a 40 mpg diesel model. Sure, so it has a ridiculous and forgettable name, but it looks pretty good, and the interior is terrific.

The video posted after the jump shows how the small CUV was designed with clay, hand tools, and a crazy-looking automated mill that looks like some kind of James Bond torture device. Hit the jump to view it. It's pretty interesting to see these craftsmen applying their trade using some of the most basic tools to create something so complex.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Is that a 1:1 model? Seems disturbingly tiny...unless all those guys were NBA-sized.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a person who knows very little about how modern cars are designed and developed, I thought this was a very interesting video. Thanks Autoblog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh stop the commericals please. This is the standard development processs for every manufacturer. Am I supposed to think this is an amazing vehicle and run out and buy it? It's a VW.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oh c'mon, I don't adore neither VW nor this particular design, but seeing the process of turning 3d digital model into something you can actually touch is amazing...
        I bet everyone who ever tried to sketch something (and ended there) would love to have the possibility of turning it into a real-world model.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yup, it's a pretty standard process. Those mills are not that hard to DIY as there is very little stress on the cutting tools.

        Tarus, a company in Michigan which builds these things, has a couple of cool videos of this and other huge mills on their website.

        See http://www.tarus.com/styling.htm and http://www.tarus.com/mill.htm
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