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Volkswagen Touareg

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The Volkswagen Touareg is one of the most revered mid-size crossover Sports Utility Vehicle to ever hit the automobile market. It competes favorably with other legends on the market and still stands tall and very proud. It is a product of a revered car maker from Germany, Volkswagen Group and the South African market is served by Volkswagen South Africa. Its name is drawn from the Tuareg people, from North Africa, a Berber-speaking group and today the Touareg V10 has proved its mark on the market by holding the record of the heaviest load towed by a passenger car, having pulled the plane Boeing 747 in an advertising campaign. The Volkswagen Touareg is designed to provide rugged off-road ability as well as deal with everyday urban driving experience.

The Touareg is an impressive all rounder vehicle, with commanding presence and sleek look and daring performance. The interior is as gorgeous as you can imagine and ask for. It has been on the market since the year 2002 and adopts a longitudinal front engine layout. The genius and ingenuity on the Volkswagen Touareg is courtesy of the joined forces by Volkswagen itself, Audi and Porsche to produce this immaculate design and reality. The combined forces were put together based on the understanding that the resultant production, the Volkswagen PL71 platform, will be shared on the Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne.

There are four petrol model ranges and three diesel model options by Volkswagen and these are the 3.2 V6 petrol model option which does 162kW, with the second petrol model, the 3.6 V6 delivering 177kW. Added on the petrol variants are the 4.2 V8 and 6.0 W12 models capable of generating 228kW and 331kW of power respectively. The 6.0 W12 has unbelievable torque capabilities, delivering a maximum torque of 600Nm. The year 2002 saw the emergence of the base petrol 3.2 V6 model, while the 3.6 V6 model was released in the year 2004, running up to 2006, while the 4.2 V8 model was produced from 2002 to 2006. The upper level model, the 6.0 W12 was released in 2005, running up to the year 2010.

The diesel model portfolio is led by the entry level 2.5 RS TDI which does 128kW and delivers a maximum torque of 400Nm, with the 3.0 V6 TDI also doing well on power, providing 165kW of power. The upper class diesel brand option, the 5.0 V10 TDI does 230kW and has an immaculate record of 750Nm torque to its credit.

The current Volkswagen Touareg features a choice of petrol V6 or a turbodiesel V6, which uses a six-speed automatic. This current model comes with a four-wheel drive format coming standard on the vehicle. At the base level is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 280 horsepower, while the turbodiesel V6 TDI generates 221 horsepower. Modern features to expect to find on the base VR6 model include a sunroof rear parking sensors, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, heated power front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio. On the options list of high tech features in the adjustable air suspension, xenon headlights, real wood trim, leather upholstery, driver memory functions and a touchscreen hard-drive-based navigation system with multimedia inputs. The 3.6 V6 FSI model as offered by Volkswagen South Africa comes with many standard features that can be mesmerizing when one looks at the list. The 3.6 V6 FSI model provides to the local market easy driving, solid safety and security and great comfort and luxury, not to mention the incredible performance, all encapsulated in the function of the high tech features and design of the SUV. On this model you will have available to you the 4Motion®, permanent four wheel drive with Torsen differential, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Anti-Spin Regulation (ASR), Hydraulic Brake Assist system (HBA), Hill descent control/Hill start assist, Electro-mechanical Parking Brake with Auto-hold function, Off-road mode (alters settings of the ABS/ESP/EDL and Hill descent control) forming the basis for the safety and security of the Touareg. The 3.6 V6 FSI uses 17 inch alloy wheels.

Comfort and luxury is provided by the leather seats, with the heated front seats, the cruise control, the “Premium” Multi-Function onboard computer with 7" colour LCD display, climatronic 2-zone air conditioner. On the list of options are the ‘Area View’ cameras with 'Rear Assist' reversing camera and Park Distance Control and the “Lane Assist" and "Side Assist"

The 4.2 V8 TDI model uses an independent suspension on double wishbones on the front and rear and assisted by the 4Motion®, permanent four-wheel-drive with Torsen differential, while the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission comes standard on the model. It comes with an off-road mode, which alters settings of the ABS/ESP/EDL and Hill descent control when engaged. Notable safety and security features include the automatic door unlocking, high level brake light with emergency braking light activation, 3-point Inertia reel rear seatbelts, ISOFIX Child seat locating points – outside rear seats, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, anti-theft alarm with ultrasonic interior monitoring, back-up horn, tilt and tow-away protection and the engine immobilizer. The interior of the 4.2 V8 TDI features the 4-zone Climatronic system, while entertainment is provided by the radio and 6 disc CD changer and 6.5" TFT Touchscreen display.

Volkswagen South Africa offers the VW Touareg with a warranty of 3 year/ 120,000km and a 12 year Anti-corrosion warranty, with the addition of the 5 year/100,000km AutoMotion maintenance plan. The VW Touareg stands on a very high platform where it fights it out tooth and nail with the likes of the Audi Q7 and BMW X5, yet still the combined effort put on its design and manufacture shows in what it can do and what it is, remaining a bold discovery on the market and appealing exceptionally, and greatly demanded as a safe and secure ultimate luxury.

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