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Volkswagen’s New SUV to Head for the US 21
Posted by Alex Ion in Automotive News, Passat, polo, SUV, Touareg, Up! city car, Volkswagen, VW on 01 21st, 2011

Volkswagen’s efforts to satisfy the American market is getting a boost, with the carmaker set to launch a new seven-seater SUV specifically for the US. The new SUV will be a cheaper option for those who can’t afford the Touareg. The new vehicle will come from VW’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which is also used to build the new Passat.

Volkswagen US boss Jonathan Browning has been quoted as saying that the new SUV will seat seven passengers. The new model’s launch is a part of VW’s plan to increase US sales from last year’s 256,830 to 800,000 by 2018.

Volkswagen is looking at capturing a major share of the American auto market, for this they would have to bring up a whole line-up of cars suited for the US.


The German major has already brought the new Jetta and Passat (cheapened up versions) to the US and also plans to bring in the Polo too. However, the Up! city car or any other pick-ups will come to the US.

Not many details about the SUV are known as of now. We are waiting for the pricing and launch details too.

(Via AutoExpress)

2012 Volkswagen NMS Unveiled, to be Called Passat in North America 10
Posted by Alex Ion in automatic climate control, Automotive News, Event Coverage, GPS navigation, New Midsize Sedan, NMS, North America, Passat, power windows, Touareg, Volkswagen on 01 10th, 2011

Volkswagen has announced their New Midsize Sedan (NMS) on the eve of the Detroit. Auto show. The vehicle will be called the Passat in North America. The vehicle features a spacious cabin with Touareg-inspired instrument cluster, premium chrome accents as well as best-in-class legroom.

All the three trim models available come with a host of facilities such as automatic climate control, power windows, cruise control, outside temperature display with frost warning and Bluetooth connectivity.

Apart from these, it is also equipped with power seats, leather upholstery, GPS navigation, wood trim, ambient lighting, and keyless access with push button starting.

Three engines are available. The entry-level 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine produces 170 hp (127 kW / 172 PS) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. 3.6-liter V6 produces 280 hp (209 kW / 284 PS) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) of torque.

The third one being the 2.0-liter TDI produces 140 hp (104 kW / 142 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque.

2012 Volkswagen Passat will go on sale later this year with a price tag of $20,000.

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Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Teaser Image Out 7
Posted by Alex Ion in 4X4, Race Touareg, Touareg, Volkswagen Race Touareg, Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 on 07 7th, 2010

Ever wondered what a Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 would look like? The carmaker has lifted the wraps off a new teaser image of the upcoming model. Being readied for the Dakar Rally that is to get underway in January 2011, the VW Race Touareg 3 has given us a peep into the front end of the upcoming truck.

Not much can be seen, but we tend to believe that the soon to roll out model looks similar to the test vehicle that was sneak peeked earlier. The guard bars around the grille aren’t visible as we wanted them to be, but it sports similar looks as the one we have seen. The positioning of the blue valves, black hoses, steel tubing, and radiator elements and even the hues it sports give us a fair idea of what the VW Race Touareg 3 would look like.

We guess we will have to wait to see the VW Race Touareg 3 in full till it sails on to the Dakar track in all its elements. It is being speculated that the carmaker would stay with the 300-horsepower (224-kW) TDI engine already in use Same would be the case with the suspension and the chassis too.

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[via WCF]