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First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg lightens up while getting serious

The outgoing Volkswagen Touareg range has always lived on the wrong side of the tracks in America. It was a big, expensive Volkswagen. Notice that we can't just say it was a big, expensive vehicle, because those adjectives are almost as much the norm as anything else – we must qualify those descriptors with the word "Volkswagen." And we can't help but think that's part of the reason this go-almost-anywhere SUV never really made a splash anywhere in the U.S. except in puddles. The new 2011 Touareg is roomier, more powerful, more efficient and lighter. Much lighter. That's how we... Read More

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