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  Volkswagen Touareg

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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2002
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe Touareg is the third phase in Volkwagen's attempt to enter the luxury market after the introductions of the Passat W8 and Phaeton in 2001 and 2002. To cut costs the luxury SUV is jointly developed with Porsche, their equivalent, the Cayenne, shares the same chassis but the appearance and engine line-up are different.

At its introduction in the German market the Touareg customers will have a choise of a petrol V6 engine or a Turbo diesel V10 engine, at a later date two more engines will join the line-up. All engines are mated to a six speed gearbox, manual or automatic depending on the chosen engines. Power is transferred to the driven wheels via a transfer box, which has off-road gear ratio reduction fitted as standard, and three locking differentials.

For ride comfort and agility the Touareg is fitted with double wishbone suspension all round. Depending on the engine a full air suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers is fitted as standard. A switch in the cockpit allows the driver to select a more sporty or a more comfortable suspension.

The name is derived from a people in the Sahara desert in Africa, also known as the knights of the desert. They are famed for their traditions and ability to adapt to difficult conditions. This name symbolises the ability of the Volkswagen off-road saloon to adapt to very different driving conditions.

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