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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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    New York 2010: Second generation Volkswagen Touareg makes U.S. debut, Hybrid too
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    Volkswagen has just unveiled its 2011 Touareg for the first time in the States, giving us Americans a chance to see the slimmed down SUV and its hybrid sibling that we first saw at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. This second generation Touareg will still have a diesel option, but for those who like to feel even better about themselves while ...

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    First Drive: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg lightens up while getting serious
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    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 ...

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    Autoblog Podcast #168 - Geneva Eve
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    The Shunk, Nunez, Abuelsamid and Roth quartet reconvene for Episode #168 of the Autoblog Podcast with the Geneva Motor Show now underway. Our first order of business is a stop at the Autoblog Garage, occupied this week by the Suzuki Kizashi, Kia Sorento, BMW 750Li, and Cadillac SRX. Anticipating the massive auto show that's just about to start, we dive ...

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    Geneva 2010: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg sports more features and curves, less weight
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    We could say Volkswagen was tired of making an SUV that ended up being rather expensive – for a VW – after you stuck a few options on it. So in addition to the lost weight, the new Touareg has lost some of the four-wheel drive equipment that made the last one so spendy. This one comes standard with a Torsen limited-slip differential, and then ...

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    Volkswagen Touareg hybrid costs almost €23K more than diesel in Germany
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    Volkswagen is apparently content to sell lots and lots of diesel Touaregs and sees no need to market the new hybrid model as a loss leader to get market share. While U.S. pricing for the 2011 Touareg has yet to be announced, the new configurator is up on VW's German retail site. On that side of the world, the Touareg will be available with either a ...

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    Volkswagen Touareg hybrid costs almost €23K more than diesel in Germany
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    Volkswagen is apparently content to sell lots and lots of diesel Touaregs and sees no need to market the new hybrid model as a loss leader to get market share. While U.S. pricing for the 2011 Touareg has not net yet been announced, the new configurator is now up on VW's German retail site. Over there, the Touareg will be available with either a 3.0-liter ...

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    Geneva Preview: Volkswagen launches 2011 Touareg, loses 460 lbs, adds hybrid [w/videos]
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    It's not at all unusual for automakers to pay lip service to cutting weight of their vehicles, but it is pretty rare for a new model to come out weighing nearly 10 percent less than its predecessor without getting smaller. This happened with the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg that debuted in Munich earlier this week, though, as it is 460 pounds lighter than the ...

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    We weren't expecting to see the new second generation Volkswagen Touareg until the beginning of March at the Geneva Motor Show, but VW rolled out its big SUV at an event in Munich earlier today. The basic shape and proportions of the exterior haven't changed much, but the body sides are now more sculpted than before, making it a bit more planted and ...

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    Spy Shots: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg revealed in diecast form?
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    Between patent offices, surreptitious shipping company videos, and Marussias being left uncovered on the back of a truck in a traffic jam, lately we've been coming across all manner of ways for new cars to be accidentally revealed ahead-of-schedule. Here's another: a German model car company has let slip images of what looks like the next Volkswagen ...

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    Geneva Preview: Autocar samples the new Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
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    The second-generation Porsche Cayenne is set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March along with its cousin, the Volkswagen Touareg. Both SUVs will mark the debut of a new hybrid drive system co-developed by the two brands, and both the revised Cayenne and Touareg will enter production some time this spring. The SUVs will reportedly be using a version ...

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    Geneva Preview: Autocar samples the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
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    The second-generation Porsche Cayenne will be debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in March, along with the related Volkswagen Touareg. Both SUVs will mark the debut of a new hybrid drive system co-developed by the two brands. The Cayenne and Touareg will both enter production about the same time after their debut at the show. The SUVs will be using a ...

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    Carlos Sainz victorious as Volkswagen fills the podium at Dakar
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    When we joined Volkswagen on its first run in the Baja 500 back in 2008, the diesel-powered Race Touareg 2 suffered two lengthy breakdowns before the first hundred miles had passed. Just a few months, later VW's diesel runner was taking the top two spots in the Dakar Rally. Not content with having to share the podium with Robby Gordon, VW went ahead and ...

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    Spy Shots: Prototype 2011 Volkswagen Touareg caught naked?
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    Hey there, odd looking, what you got cooking? Yes, we're pretty positive you're looking (or about to be looking) at the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg caught without its robe on. Visually speaking, not much has changed. The front clip and hood look more in line with the sixth generation Golf/GTI. From behind, you can see an awful lot of Porsche Cayenne – ...

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    REPORT: Volkswagen Touareg successor headed for Detroit
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    January's North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) is expected to host the debut of Volkswagen's all-new third-generation Touareg SUV (the facelifted "second-gen" arrived in the States as a 2008 model). While details are few, rumor has it that VW will introduce its new Touareg with a variety of powerplant choices during its first model ...

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    Not good: Tesla Roadster, Toyota Prius and VW Touareg meet with disastrous results
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    Ouch. A three-way crash between a Tesla Roadtser, Toyota Prius and a VW Touareg didn't leave a pretty scene behind, but it appears that at least the Tesla driver walked away with only minor bruises. We don't know what happened to the occupants of the other vehicles. According to Autopia, it seems that the Roadster was allegedly stopped when the Prius ...

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    Spy Shots: 2011 VW Touareg Hybrid
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    Back in February, Volkswagen announced it would introduce a new hybrid version of its Touareg SUV in late 2010. This being the case, it's not surprising that the German automaker would be caught testing its new fuel-saving 'ute out in the hot, barren stretches of a U.S. desert. VW's hybrid hardware will combine the new 333 horsepower supercharged 3.0L TSI ...

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    Spy Shots: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg caught desert testing
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    The Volkswagen Touareg (and its Porsche counterpart) are getting long in the tooth, and come 2011, both models are due for a full redesign expected to include a thorough makeover and a diet.Caught testing in the California desert, the next generation Touareg gets a few new curves, primarily on the undisguised center section and flared rear shoulders ...

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    (Over) Active Aero: VW recalling Touareg over spoilers that might take flight
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    With products like its now-defunct Corrado sports coupe, Volkswagen has proven that they understand the benefits of active aerodynamics – but a new recall in conjunction with the National HIghway Traffic Safety Administration centers on the potential for some completely unintentional and undesired active aero with the company's products. According to ...

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    Diesel TDI model grabs 81% of VW Jetta Sportwagen sales in June
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    General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Honda and everyone else may not think there is much of a market for mainstream diesel vehicles in the United States, but Volkswagen would beg to differ. Since it launched its new generation diesels last fall in the Jetta and earlier this year in the Touareg, they have been selling like hotcakes with June being its best ...

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    Volkswagen launches 28 mpg (U.S.) Touareg TDI BlueMotion in Europe
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    Over the past couple of years, Volkswagen has been introducing low CO2-emitting variants of several of its mainstream car models under the BlueMotion banner. The latest addition to that lineup is the big Touareg SUV which is getting some tweaks to reduce its fuel consumption. Like its smaller siblings, the Touareg gets low rolling resistance tires and ...

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