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Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid Introduced in Malaysia Under “Think Blue” Programme


Volkswagen Group Malaysia has extended the VW Touareg product line up with the new Touareg Hybrid in the Malaysian market under “Think Blue” programme.


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The Volkswagen Touareg has been showcased on the Volkswagen’s Think Blue platform at the Volkswagen Das Auto Show 2012 recently. The Touareg Hybrid features Volkswagen’s pioneering TSI technologies that come together to make the vehicle economical and efficient without compromising on quality and performance, into a hybrid package, thus accentuating the Think Blue umbrella.


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.


Commenting on the roll out of Think Blue and the launch of the Toureg Hybrid in Malaysia, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia Ricky Tay said, “Think Blue is an attitude that goes beyond technologies and products. It reflects the spirit of the time, setting new benchmarks for environmental responsibility, fuel consumption and emissions, and it encompasses all environmental initiatives within the Volkswagen Group under one roof. Launch of the Touareg Hybrid is the first step towards introducing Think Blue in Malaysia. At Volkswagen, we believe that our new product offerings will support our agenda of encouraging eco-conscious behaviour and contributing to a sustainable future.”


“The recently concluded Malaysian budget showcases the Malaysian government’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability with increased investment and encouragement to green technology based products. At Volkswagen, Blue is the new Green and we see the launch of the Touareg Hybrid as well as Think Blue as initiatives that support the important pillars of development in Malaysia,” added Mr Tay.


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. More efficiency, less pollution, unlimited driving pleasure: technologies and products that achieve environmental compatible mobility without sacrificing dynamic performance and everyday suitability is an important element of this TSI technology.


The recipe for the success of Volkswagen’s TSI engines is to be found in the brand’s “downsizing” strategy. Maximum power is obtained with minimum fuel consumption from a smaller engine. The reduction in engine size has brought better efficiency, as there is less power loss resulting from friction. The smaller engines also have the advantage of being lighter.


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Back to the VW’s Touareg Hybrid, it is powered by 3.0-litre 6 cylinder petrol engine. The Touareg Hybrid encompasses Volkswagen’s TSI technology to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency. The entire power plant outputs a maximum power of 380PS with a maximum torque of from 3,000rpm to 5,250rpm. stage for responsive engine performance.


Mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, the Touareg Hybrid can sprint from 0-100km/h 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.


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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.


Additionally, the Touareg Hybrid 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 new Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid is now available for order at all Volkswagen authorised dealerships nationwide and is priced at RM616,888. The car is only available in Tungsten Silver Metallic colour.


Photo Gallery: Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

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