2010 (VW) Volkswagen Touareg
VW Touareg review
The Volkswagen Touareg is a mid-size crossover SUV produced by German automaker Volkswagen Passenger Cars since 2002.
It was the third sport utility vehicle from the automaker, after the much older Volkswagen 181 “Kurierwagen”, and the Iltis (later produced by Bombardier).
The Touareg (internally designated Typ 7L) was a joint venture project developed by Volkswagen Group, who also include Audi, and Porsche, who were also looking to add a luxury-type SUV to its lineup, as a cost-sharing initiative.
The goal was to create an off-road vehicle that could handle like a sports car. The team, with over 300 people, was led by Klaus-Gerhard Wolpert, and was based in Weissach im Tal, Germany.
The result of the joint project is that the Porsche Cayenne shares the Touareg’s Volkswagen Group PL71 platform, although there are styling, equipment, and technical differences between the two vehicles.
The Volkswagen Touareg is built in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The manufacturing plant shares production with Touareg-cousins, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Audi Q7.
Due to the demand, and the exchange rates of euros against the US dollar, as well as different pricing and environmental policies in the USA, the V6 and V8 engine variants make up most of Volkswagen’s American Touareg offering.
However, a limited number of the V10 Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engines were available in the 2004 model year (before being pulled for environmental reasons).
They were brought back to the United States for the 2006 as a “Tier I emissions concept (43 state emissions)”.
Let’s admire the new 2010 VW Touareg