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Volkswagen Touran

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The Volkswagen Touran, a product of the  Volkswagen Group is a compact Multi-Purpose Vehicle which offers solutions for various tasks. Volkswagen fits the Touran below the Sharan which is a bigger MPV by Volkswagen. Its name Touran is also taken to be a combination of «Tour and Sharan» hence the name Touran. In some markets, it is perceived as an extension of the Golf plus. The MPV was first released to the market in the year 2003 as Volkswagen's first MPV designed based on the Golf platform, hence perceived to be an extension of the Golf Plus.

The coming of the Volkswagen Touran was associated with a new feature by VW; the Touran came on the market with the electro-mechanical steering which was a first in its class by VW. The function provides for the variation of the weight of the steering wheel depending on the speed and the level of the energy consumption in idle, which determines its ability to improve the efficiency of the vehicle. The Touran, did not just come with the new electro-mechanical steering, but also was used to introduce the 2.0 TDI engine by Volkswagen Group. .

The engines available at the launch included a 1.6 FSI and two diesel engines, the 1.9 TDI generating 74 kW and capable of delivering 99 horsepower; and the 2.0 TDI doing 103 kW and delivering 138 horsepower. Volkswagen South Africa offers four model variants to the local market with a generous 3-year/120,000km warranty, 12-year Anti-corrosion warranty and 5-year/90,000km AutoMotion Service Plan, with service intervals being set at 15,000km. The local Touran model portfolio consists of models namely the 1.2 TSI Trendline, the 2.0 TDI Comfortline, 1.4 TSI Highline and the 2.0 TDI Comfortline DSG.

The 1.2 TSI Trendline does 77kW at 5000rpm, while the 2.0 TDI Comfortline does 81kW of power, and the 1.4 TSI Highline generates 103kW. The 2.0 TDI Comfortline DSG® is capable of generating 81kW. Basic features that are common across the four brands are the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Programme with driver steering recommendation (ESP), Anti-Spin Regulation (ASR), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Drag Torque Control (EDTC), hill-hold control, front and side driver and passenger airbags, front and second row curtain airbags , climatic air-conditioner and cruise control. The 1.4 TSI Highline adds on basic features that include front lumbar support, luggage compartment cover, front sports seats, chrome roof rails, 3 independent adjustable/removable seats in 2nd row, middle seat of 2nd row folds into a table and the ISOFIX preparation for two child seats.

The Touran's base suspension is supported by the independent suspension system, the McPerson struts and the Anti-roll bar on both the rear and front axle. The Touran provides easy handling and convenience courtesy of the electric windows, both on the front and rear, together with tinted glass on the front, grey privacy glass which is 80% darkened, on the rear sides and tailgate and heated rear window. Security and safety is enhanced by the airbags on driver and front with passenger airbag deactivation switch and curtain airbag for front and second row occupant. Other features forming the basis for the safety and security of the Touran is the front side airbags, front height adjustable 3-point inertia reel seatbelts, 3-point seatbelts for rear seats, outer with height adjustment in first row for the 5-seater. The exterior of the Touran includes the rear fog lights, door open warning device, the anti-dazzle rear view mirror, dual tone horn, child lock on all doors, high level brake light, anti-theft alarm "Plus" with ultrasonic interior monitoring, tilt and tow-away protection, immobilizer and remote central locking with 2 keys.

The interior of the Highline is graced with the Climatic" manual air-conditioner, Servotronic®" electro-mechanical speed-sensitive steering assist, 3-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel, leather gearshift and handbrake handle lockable glove compartment, cooled and illuminated. For entertainment, the Touran comes with a radio and CD player, MP3 compatible. The style and flamboyance is defined by features such as chrome double-ribbed grille, color-coded door mouldings, a rear nameplate set "TDI" and color-coded door handles.

This vehicle is a daring MPV which boldly deals with anything thrown at it, as a Multi-Purpose Vehicle and remains standing, solid and sound on the competitive market. It provides incredible comfort compared to most MPVs on the market.

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