VW Touareg

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VW Touareg

The VW Touareg is an automobile manufactured by Volkswagen. It is a luxury SUV (UK: 4x4), the first ever produced by Volkswagen.

The Touareg is the product of a joint venture with Porsche which also produced the Porsche Cayenne. As a result, the two vehicles share many mechanical components.

The Touareg was Car and Driver magazine's Best Luxury SUV for 2003, Motor Trend magazine's Sport/Utility of the Year for 2004, and "Four Wheeler" magazine's Four Wheeler of the Year for 2005.

The following engines are available:

  • 174 PS (128 kW, 172 hp) 2.5 L Diesel Straight-5 (UK Only)
  • 240 PS (177 kW, 236 hp) 3.2 L Petrol V6
  • 310 PS (228 kW, 305 hp) 4.2 L Petrol V8
  • 313 PS (230 kW, 308 hp) 5.0 L Diesel V10, 746 N·m (550 ft·lbf) (2004 only)
  • 450 hp (331 kW) 6.0 L Petrol W12, 599 N·m (442 ft·lbf)

The twin-turbocharged Diesel V10 engine pushes the Touareg from 0–62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.9 seconds, and on to 130 mph (209 km/h) maximum. The Diesel V10 was offered in the United States for 2004 only — emmissions regulations forced it out for 2005.

The new W12 version should reach 100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. Production of the W12 Touareg is limited to 500 units. Of these, 330 are slated for Saudi Arabia, with none going to the United States.

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Environmental and Health Concerns

The diesel version of the Touareg was named "meanest" or least-energy-efficient 2004 car by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for its fuel economy of 17 in-city miles per gallon (mpg) and 23 highway mpg. This, along with the Touareg's emissions and their estimated impact on global warming and health, earned it the low "Green Score" of 9, as compared to the Honda Civic GX, which was the "greenest", at a score of 57.

Controversy

Gábor Demszky, the mayor of Budapest, Hungary was the subject of a major public spending scandal, when he ordered the city streets cleaning company to buy a fully equipped Touareg and rent it to him for private use for a nominal fee. This scandal and other integrity problems will likely cost him his long held seat in the 2006 elections.

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