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Volkswagen Tiguan
Volkswagen Tiguan is a compact CUV built by the Germanmarker automaker Auto 5000, based on the A5 platform of the Mk5 Golf. Production started in the winter of 2007 in Wolfsburgmarker, Germanymarker, sales started shortly after.

A rebadged version of the Volkswagen Tiguan under the SEAT brand ( SEAT Tribu ) is expected to go on sale in the first half of 2010 .

The Volkswagen Tiguan was announced at the 2006 Los Angeles International Auto Show held in November 2006 as a concept vehicle.

The production Tiguan was released at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, and debuted as a 2008 model for Europe and elsewhere and in North America as a 2009 model. Sales of the Tiguan in Canadamarker began in April 2008.

Overview

The Tiguan is available in two bodystyles and three specification levels, they are.
  • Tiguan Trend & Fun
  • Tiguan Sport & Style
  • Tiguan Track & Field


The Trend & Fun and Sport & Style both have maximum approach angles of 18 degrees, while the Track & Field has a 28-degree maximum approach angle.

In The Netherlands another version is delivered namely the Comfort & Design. This is basically a Trend & Fun to which some accessories have been added. This version was created by the Dutch distributor for the Dutch market.

Tiguan was tested by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) and received a five-star safety rating.

Trend & Fun

The Trend & Fun specification is the entry level road oriented Tiguan.

Features it includes are six airbags, ESP, Trailer Stability Program integrated with the ESP, Isofix child seat anchorages on the rear bench and electronic parking brake with auto-hold function, RCD 210 radio with integrated CD player, “Climatic” semi-automatic climate control system, four electric window lifts, electrically-adjustable and heated outside mirrors, Multifunctional Display Plus (trip computer), RF remote control of central locking and various storage compartments and bins.

Sport & Style

In addition over the Trend & Fun the Sport & Style has these features, 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome roof rail, chrome strips on front bumper and surrounding side window lining, tinted windows, sport seats with height-adjustable lumbar supports center console with folding and height-adjustable armrest, folding front passenger seat, drawers under the front seats, folding table and storage pockets on the backs of the front seats, leather for steering wheel, gear shift knob and gear shift boot, fabric seats with Alcantara accents, cruise control system and tire pressure indicator.

Track & Field

Front View of a 2008 Tiguan Track & Field
The off-road oriented Tiguan features a redesigned front module with a 28-degree approach angle, hill descent assistant, modified driving pedal characteristic, EDS adaptation (electronic differential locks are activated at the slightest slip), ABS adaptation (which aids with braking on loose substrates), hill ascent assistance, automatic transmission gear level pre-selection (including optimal engine braking effect), 16-inch “San Diego” alloy wheels, tire pressure indicator, black roof rails, engine underbody protection, compass display and special door impact guard strips. The Tiguan Track & Field is also equipped with “Comfort seats” which feature adjustable lumbar support.

Naming process

As part of a marketing strategy by Volkswagen the name was chosen by the public through the Auto Bild group with over 350,000 voters through Auto Bild's magazines and Web sites. The other possible names were Namib, Rockton, Samun and Nanuk. Tiguan is a combination of the German words Tiger (“tiger”) and Leguan (“iguana”).

Tiguan HY Motion – Hydrogen Power

At the 2007 Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Shanghai, Chinamarker, Volkswagen showed the Tiguan HY MOTION study powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The fuel cell produces an output power of 80 kW and the electric motor has 100 kW. These figures give the Tiguan HY.MOTION a top speed of 150 km/h and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 14 seconds.

The lithium-ion battery has a charge capacity of 6.8 ampere-hours and is an auxiliary energy storage system.Power output from the lithium-ion battery is 22 kW.

Battery charge is recovered from braking energy or the hydrogen fuel cell.

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