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Monday, May 10, 2010
Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
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VW Touareg - Volkswagen's Creates A Hybrid

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - Volkswagen AG premiered their completely redesigned Touareg at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. The new 2010 VW Touareg is the first Volkswagen to be commercially available as a hybrid model, and at the 2010 EVER Show for ecological vehicles in Monaco in late March we took this photo of VW's latest hybrid.

The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is powered by a V6 TSI gasoline (petrol) engine along with a hybrid E-motor (electric motor) that together create a combined power of 279 kW (380 hp) and an incredible maximum torque of 580 Newton-metres. The Touareg Hybrid can be driven in pure electric mode (zero emissions) up to a maximum speed of 50 km/h (31.07 mph). The hybrid powertrain enables the Touareg to achieve a combined 8.2 L/100 km in the EU mixed cycle and an urban consumption of 9.0 L/100. The Touareg's highway fuel consumption is 8.0 L/100 km. The hybrid version of the Touareg is actually the most powerful version of the car for torque and horsepower, beating out the most powerful turbo diesel engine configuration available. CO2 emissions on the 2010 Touareg Hybrid are 193 g/km.

Volkswagen has reduced the weight of the all-new Touareg by 208 kilograms (457.6 lbs) from the previous model. The new Touareg has a more aerodynamic vehicle profile, and the coefficient of drag (Cd) has been reduced from 0.38 to 0.35. The vehicle is also now slightly closer to the ground than the previous version, creating some of the aerodynamic improvement. For tough climbing conditions, the new Touareg has an 'Off Road' programme that the driver can select, which fine tunes the characteristics of the car's gear shift points, the ABS, the EDS and the ASR. For extra-heavy duty off-road use the Touareg can be ordered with an optional "Terrain Tech Packet", which includes reduction gearing, centre and rear differentials with 100% locking capability for up to 45 degree gradient climbs.

The base version Touareg's radio-CD entertainment system has a 6.5 inch info-touch display and if the buyer selects to purchase the GPS navigation system, the car comes with a state-of-the-art 60 Gigabyte hard drive giving 3-D representation of buildings and landscape on the screen. Standard safety features on the new Touareg are a four camera "Area View" driver assistance system and collision protection featuring nine airbags. The new Touareg Hybrid went on sale in Europe starting in April 2010.

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