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Hybrid Car Review: Volkswage Shifts to Hybrid Touareg

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Volkswage Shifts to Hybrid Touareg

Volkswagen has shifted its plans to release a Hybrid Touareg, not a hybrid Jetta in 2010 as model year 2011.  VW believes the extra cost of a hybrid powertrain can be made up more easily than the Jetta could.  If the hybrid system costs $2500 more to install, the percentage increase to the pricetag of a Touareg would be much lower than that of the Jetta.

 The Hybrid Touareg will have a V6 mated to a TSI petrol engine and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.  The full hybrid capability will allow the SUV to travel up to 30 mph on all electric power.  Fuel economy is supposed to increase to 26 mpg, while power is still up at 333 hp.  And if reports are correct, it will be capable of towing 3.5 metric tons (7,500 lbs).

But then, we've seen these sorts of plans come and go out of VW before.  There was going to be a hybrid Cayenne, a hybrid Jetta, hybrid Golf, and a hybrid Touareg.  It's unclear which, if any, will actually make it to production and begin sales in the US.  Although VW has been clear all along on their decision to build their own hybrid system.

VW tends to focus in on diesel engines.  We'll just have to wait and see what they ultimately decide.

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