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2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 U.S. Debut in New York


									The 2008 model year of the Volkswagen Touareg, the first ever sport utility vehicle
(SUV) model from the Wolfsburg-based car manufacturer is making its North
American debut at the 2007 New York International Auto Show.

Named as the Touareg 2, the vehicle is poised to stir the American car fans at the
show with the vehicle's updated exterior styling featuring the company's signature
Volkswagen "face" design highlighted by the chrome front grille. Other exclusive
features of the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 include redesigned headlamps and
darkened taillights, redesigned aerodynamics, sporty rear spoiler with integrated third
brake light, optional Bi-Xenon headlights with AFS II that improves night time
driving visibility in cornering, and several wheel options for different VW Touareg 2
model trims. For the VR6 FSI, 17-inch alloy wheels are standard while the 19-inch
alloy wheels are standard for the V8 FSI and V10 TDI Twin Turbo models. Moreover,
the 2008 VW Touareg comes with all-new exterior colors for the customers to choose
from. It includes Alaska Gray, Cranberry, Galapagos and White Gold.

Interior highlights of the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 include redesigned luxury
seating system featuring standard 12-way power driver's seat, standard Sirius Satellite
Radio, park distance control, power lift gate, new instrument cluster with larger
display, new silver metallic trim, available ten speaker Dynaudio premium sound
system, and optional keyless access with a start/stop button. Bunch of optional
packages are also available like the Lux, Lux Plus and Technologie packages.

The VW Touareg 2 also comes with a host of safety features and driver assistance
systems to enhance the vehicle's handling. These include new rollover sensor system
to detect rollover situation and activate the side and side head curtain airbags,
enhanced tire pressure monitoring system (TPS), Electronic Stabilization Program
(ESP), hydraulic braking assist, a preventative braking pressure build-up system, and
rain brake support. In addition, the Touareg 2 also comes with the world-first
"ABSplus" braking system from Volkswagen.

At the heart of the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 comes a three power plant options for
the customers to choose from: the powerful 3.6-liter VR6 FSI, the recently upgraded
4.2- liter V8 FSI, and the monstrous 5.0-liter V10 TDI Twin Turbo.

The 3.6-liter VR6 FSI engine replaces the standard 3.2-liter engine of the Volkswagen
Touareg. The engine now produces 280 hp, an additional 40 horsepower compared to
the previous engine. The 4.2- liter V8 FSI features unleaded fuel direct injection
system and pumps out 350 hp and produces 325 lbs. ft amount of peak torque. Lastly,
the 5.0-liter V10 TDI Twin Turbo for the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 pumps out 310
hp and produces a stunning 553 lbs. ft. of peak torque output, allowing the Touareg 2
to achieve an impressive towing capability of about 7,716 pounds. All of these
engines are equipped with quality VW timing parts like VW timing chain. The
Touareg 2's standard gearbox powers the vehicle's permanent 4XMOTION four-wheel
drive (4WD) system. Moreover, the 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 also features
off-road control systems like Hill Roll Back Assist and Hill Descent Assist.

The 2008 Volkswagen Touareg 2 will arrive in Volkswagen dealerships this spring
carrying a base manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $39,320.

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