Published on October 10th, 2012 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Volkswagen Malaysia Introduces A Touareg Hybrid To Show Its Commitment To Environmental Sustainability
The Touareg Hybrid is now on sale in Malaysia. Targeting at luxury SUV buyers who want to be and feel a little green in their day to day drive, it sells for RM618,888.00. This is part of Volkswagen’s ‘Think Blue’ umbrella here. An extension of the Touareg product line up, the new Touareg Hybrid extends the brand’s SUV segment and offerings to Malaysian consumers as an alternative in sustainable and responsible mobility.
Showcased on the brand’s Think Blue platform at the Volkswagen Das Auto Show 2012 recently, this model is a true showcase of Volkswagen’s brand promise of innovation, responsibility, and sustainability. The objective of Think Blue, an environmental sustainability umbrella by Volkswagen that has already been rolled out in 30 markets, including internally within Volkswagen Group Malaysia, addresses the need to harmonise individual mobility and sustainable behaviour in the future. The philosophy links innovation, responsibility for the environment, and collective actions to achieve this goal.
The highlight of the Touareg Hybrid is the combination of the revolutionary TSI engine and Volkswagen’s advanced hybrid drive system, aimed at creating engines that offer significant benefits by reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions without compromising on their superb power delivery. These technologies embody Volkswagen’s commitment to environmental sustainability and were introduced in the country long before Think Blue. The Touareg Hybrid uses a 3-litre, six-cylinder petrol engine, the Touareg Hybrid encompasses Volkswagen’s TSI technology to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency. Attaining the maximum power of 380PS, its maximum torque – a hefty 580Nm – is available over an immense range of engine speeds: 3,000rpm to 5,250rpm. Mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the Touareg Hybrid can sprint from a standstill to 100kph in just 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 240kph. Despite excellent acceleration performance, this vehicle still returns remarkable fuel consumption, with 8.2 litres/100km on the combined cycle and has a CO2 emissions level of 193g/km. As such, it has very high power and torque performance with significantly reduced fuel consumption.
To comply with its eco-conscious feature, there is no plug-in required as the car is automatically recharged while it is in drive mode and thus, the combination between the petrol engine and the electric motor are effortless and seamless. The Touareg Hybrid also comes with the Start/Stop and re-generative braking systems, Hybrid Powertrain Monitoring System, e-Mode button, air suspension and 19-inch “Salamanca” alloy wheels. The car is available only in Tungsten Silver Metallic.