Volkswagen supercharges its Touareg Hybrid

CNET Car Tech reviews the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid.

2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
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From the string of hybrids we've seen at CNET lately, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7 , the Infiniti M35h , and the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid , it's clear that you can do a lot more with the technology than get good mileage. Although all of these cars get better mileage than their conventional gas engine equivalents, they also get considerably more power. Forget the mild-mannered Prius, these hybrids are exciting.

Volkswagen's Touareg Hybrid makes use of a supercharged direct-injection engine and an electric motor to hit 60 mph in about 6 seconds. It also represents a new generation of Touareg, featuring a whole new cabin tech suite, with niceties such as a navigation system with 3D maps and an advanced voice command system. It is the most technically advanced Touareg to date.

Read our review of the 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid .

About the author

Wayne Cunningham reviews cars and writes about automotive technology for CNET. Prior to the Car Tech beat, he covered spyware, Web building technologies, and computer hardware. He began covering technology and the Web in 1994 as an editor of The Net magazine. He's also the author of "Vaporware," a novel that's available as a Nook e-book.

 

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