Very interesting first drive report here with the new VW Touareg.
Bigger and stronger, yet lighter and more economical, the new model has received significant improvements; after driving it in Europe we can report that it is a worthy sequel to the original.
The 2011 Touareg is significant in the bigger picture for the Volkswagen Group as it shows VW is serious in its commitment to build an even better product, while improving fuel economy at the same time. VW claims an impressive 20 percent fuel economy improvement across the board in a vehicle that’s slightly larger — overall length is up 1.5 inches, all of that within the wheelbase, and width is up half an inch, although height is down a half an inch. Despite the lower, wider and longer proportions and a chassis that’s five percent stiffer, overall vehicle heft was trimmed by more than 400 pounds over the outgoing model.. The increased solidity coupled with numerous noise, vibration and harshness reductions results in an average reduction of two decibels of interior noise. Volkswagen stressed that these types of improvements are just the beginning in all new and future products.