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VW Tiguan Gets a Complete Makeover in Frankfurt

Plug-in hybrid Tiguan GTE Concept could top 100 mpg.

by on Sep.14, 2015

The 2016 Volkswagen Tiguan.

When it comes to Volkswagen’s line-up, there’s a hole biggest enough to drive an SUV through. Make that several of them. The German maker has admittedly missed out on the explosive growth of the global utility vehicle market, and it’s planning to correct that with the upcoming launch of new models like the CrossBlue.

But VW also intends to update its existing SUV models, starting with the introduction of a new Tiguan at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.

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Migrating to VW’s new global architecture, the redesigned Tiguan is longer, lower, wider and, the German maker claims, boasts “sportier proportions.” It also will offered in a number of new versions, including both off-road and performance-oriented R-Line packages. Meanwhile, the Tiguan GTE concept hints of a plug-in hybrid version to come.


Volkswagen Confirms New Tiguan Coming to Frankfurt

American buyers may have to wait.

by on Sep.07, 2015

VW teases the next-generation Tiguan before it debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Volkswagen isn’t quite ready to pull the covers on its next-generation Tiguan, as this teaser shot shows, but it is getting ready to unveil a new version of the crossover-utility vehicle at the Frankfurt Motor Show in just a little over a week’s time.

The CUV clearly could use a makeover, especially if VW hopes to regain some momentum in the U.S. market where its lack of competitive offerings in the utility vehicle segment has been a big problem. Unfortunately, word has it that the next Volkswagen Tiguan may not reach American showrooms for as much as a year after it launches in Europe.

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Once it does arrive, buyers should find a VW Tiguan that is slightly larger, more powerful and loaded up with a variety of new features, especially in the form of connectivity and safety technologies.


VW Launching New 3-Row Tiguan at Puebla Plant

$1 bil project aimed at filling gap in maker’s SUV line-up.

by on Mar.09, 2015

VW will add about 1 million square feet to its already huge Puebla, Mexico plant for the new Tiguan.

Volkswagen will drop $1 billion into its assembly plant in Puebla, Mexico to produce a new three-row version of the Tiguan sport-utility vehicle.

It’s the latest step in a costly program meant to expand VW’s utility vehicle line-up and increase its competitive position in the U.S. market. The German maker has struggled to rebuild sales even as the overall American market continues to boom, and a lack of utes has been one of its biggest problems, senior officials believe.

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The Puebla plant is already one of Volkswagen’s larger global facilities, handling a range of products including the latest-generation Golf hatchback. And it will now take on the Tiguan when the $1 billion expansion is completed late next year, in time for the start of the 2017 models.


First Look: 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan

Update for Touareg’s little brother.

by on Mar.01, 2011

Volkswagen brings an updated Tiguan to Geneva.

Volkswagen is still hoping to become a serious player in the SUV segment and follows the recent update of its big Touareg with a refreshing of the little Tiguan ute.


The new look, which debuts at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, features the brand’s distinctive crossbar grille, which frames a classic VW logo.  It’s a similar look to the one the maker debuted on the new Jetta and Passat models.  The high-line SEL model shares the LED eyeliner look that VW’s Audi brand has helped pioneer – along with Bi-Xenon lamps. Trapezoidal air intakes house new fog lamps.


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All three versions of the 2012 Tiguan will get a revised interior, the maker says, with seating surfaces stepping up from cloth to leatherette to real leather.


The 2012 ute, which goes on sale this coming autumn, will rely on VW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four.  Specific performance details have yet to be announced but the maker expects to improve mileage to an estimated 25 mpg City, 29 Highway.



First Drive: Volvo XC60

Forget the box.

by on Feb.03, 2009

2010 Volvo XC60: where's the box?

2010 Volvo XC60: where's the box?

Let’s play a game of word association. We’ll say the name of a brand, and you respond with the first word that comes into your head. Ready? Volvo…

If you said “boxy,” you’re not alone. That’s the classic shape most of us have grown up knowing. And it’s why a lot of people are likely to be confused by the pictures they’re seeing of the new Volvo XC60. It’s a sleek and sexy crossover that’s about as far as you can imagine from the staid Swedish wagons we’ve seen on the road in years past. Maybe that’s why Volvo designers decided to bolt an oversized brand badge on the grille.

Will diehards may be a bit disappointed by this dynamic new look, Volvo is betting on the XC60 to draw in a whole host of new buyers who’d normally drive past the company’s showrooms. And if our first drive of the new crossover is any indication, they just might be able to grab some of the folks who’d normally opt for more passionate brands, like BMW, with its compact X5, Audi, with the new Q5, Acura, with its RDX, or Volkswagen, with the oddly-named Tiguan.

The big grille, with that oversized Volvo logo, is flanked by a pair of upright daytime running lights, and sweeping headlamps that roll off into the fenders. The broad shoulders are familiar touches, found on a number of recent Volvo production models and concept vehicles, but the XC60 adds a cinched and sexy waistline. The roof is almost coupe-like, though it still provides a reasonable amount of headroom for rear seat passengers. The rear view might be the most familiar angle, distinctly Volvo with those broad shoulders and narrowed rear hatch.