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New cars: 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

What the critics say about the $60,000+ 2011 Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

AutoWeek
The hybrid version of the second-generation Touareg is a “milestone vehicle” for Volkswagen’s increasingly green ambitions. The automaker’s first hybrid, it’s also something of a hot rod—with a 333-hp, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 47-hp electric motor. The gas engine can be shut down entirely, allowing the vehicle to “sail” on stored power at speeds up to 100 mph. ”For pure fun, it’s tough to beat.”

Car and Driver
For years, VW has insisted that its efficient, economical diesel engines are greener than gas-powered ones. With this new hybrid SUV, the automaker has not only responded to demands for a hybrid “but built one of the best gas/electric vehicles on the market.” The car’s ability to run on electricity alone “stretches the engine-off operation of the Touareg into a range other hybrids only dream of.”

Road & Track
Everything about the new Touareg Hybrid impresses, from its Audi-built V6 to coachwork that includes “high-quality soft materials, satin chrome surrounds, and fine wood inlays.” Standard features include all-wheel drive and a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, providing “power aplenty on tap in an instant” while in gas, electric, and hybrid modes.

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