Volkswagen is an auto manufacturer based in Wolfsburg, German. Volkswagen is the original brand in the Volkswagen Group corporation. The company is the biggest auto manufacturer in Germany, and it is the second largest auto manufacturer in the world. Volkswagen vehicles, including Volkswagen sport utility vehicles, are produced and sold all over the world. The brand made its name with affordable compact cars, that were originally equipped with air-cooled engines. This kept prices low, and the mechanical simplicity enabled many owners to learn to work on the cars themselves, saving money. In the 1970s and 1980s, Volkswagen changed to water-cooled engines, and vehicles gradually got larger to suit the needs of the modern consumer. Designing and introducing a Volkswagen sport utility vehicle was a challenge, though, as the company’s leadership did not want to succumb to the pressure. Eventually, a Volkswagen SUV model was added to the lineup, and more Volkswagen sport utility vehicles followed.
The first Volkswagen sport utility vehicle was the result of a development project between Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche, which are two other brands owned by Volkswagen Group. All three brands intended to release an SUV around the same time, and it is common for Volkswagen Group to share resources. So, all three new SUVs were developed using the same platform and many of the same components. Although the silhouettes of the vehicles are very similar, care was taken to ensure each vehicle retained unique styling cues specific to each brand. The Touareg is the Volkswagen sport utility vehicle model that came from this process. It generally has a lower entry price than the Audi Q7 or Porsche Cayenne models, although the initial Touareg lineup featured a high priced V10 turbo diesel model that was an exception to the brands’ price hierarchy.
Volkswagen introduced the Touareg in 2002, and it’s been in production ever since. This Volkswagen sport utility vehicle is exported to a wide variety of markets and regions. It is a five-door, front-engine vehicle. The traditional gasoline version of the Touareg is most commonly available with V6 or V8 engine options, although the aforementioned turbo diesel V10 version has been available for some of the Touareg’s early model years. The Volkswagen Touareg got a facelift for the 2008 model year, and the second generation of this Volkswagen SUV was revealed in early 2010. The Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, a new addition to the lineup for the second generation, was revealed at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. The next Volkswagen sport utility vehicle model was the Tiguan, a compact crossover that entered production in 2007 for the 2008 model year. The VW Tiguan is sold throughout the world. Its most successful markets are Europe, Russia, China, the United States, Brazil, and Australia.