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Volkswagen Touareg TDI – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click above for a high-res gallery of the VW Touareg Lux Limited Edition

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Click above for high-res image gallery of shots from the 2008 Baja 1000

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Volkswagen's new Touareg V6 TDI may or may not be making its official debut this week in LA. However, pricing information for the diesel SUV does appear to have leaked out onto the web. If accurate, the Touareg TDI will start at $42,800. That's a $2,500 premium over the existing 3.6L V6 gas engine version. That's a slightly higher premium than the Jetta TDI which runs $2,000 over the similarly-equipped gas Jetta. Of course being a German vehicle it's very easy to jack up the price well above tha

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For several years now, Volkswagen has been running diesel-powered Touaregs in a variety of off-road series around the world, including the Dakar Rally, and in the last couple of years, they have won their classes at the Baja 500 and Pikes Peak Hill Climb. The versions used so far have run either a 2.5L five-cylinder engine or the 5.0L V10. Arciero-Miller Racing announced at last year's SEMA show that it was building a new Touareg to compete in the SCORE Trophy Truck Open Production – Unlim

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With a few hours behind us since the early-morning announcement of their diesel line-up in Geneva, VW is now giving more details on the Touareg BlueTDI, which will be coming to North America in 2008. There are no plans to bring this SUV to Europe. As we mentioned this morning, the Touareg BlueTDI's Selective Catalytic Reduction system (SCR) makes the 3.0-litre V6 TDI 225 PS diesel engine one of the cleanest diesel engines on the market. The point-by-point details are available after the jump.

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It's early-morning in Geneva, and the press releases are starting their advance from automaker lock-boxes to our green little eyes. The Autoblog writers in Geneva will be covering green announcements for us, but for now we'll make due with official PR from the likes of VW, which just released three announcements about their diesel lineup in Geneva. You can read all three after the jump (aren't we nice?) and here are the highlights:

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When it goes on sale September 1, the Volkswagen Touareg V10 TDI will be the first off-road vehicle in the U.S. to implement diesel particulate filter technology.

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