Volkswagen Launches Touareg Hybrid in China

Published on March 22, 2011 by Tycho de Feijter

Volkswagen’s China headquarters is only one block away from the TheTycho.com office buildings in the Sanlitun area in Beijing. I often pass by on my way to lunch or beer. Today saw a fleet of around 10 brand new Touareg hybrids, ready for launch later this week.

The official Chinese fule concumption card shows 9.2 litre per 100 kilometer. Engine details: a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine hat produces 324 pound-feet of torque. Mated to the gasoline engine via an automatic dry clutch is a 47-horsepower, 34-kilowatt electric motor that produces 99 pound-feet of torque, bringing the system total to 375 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. (thanks to Motortrend for that).

Hybrids are not exactly popular in China; BYD, Toyota and others failed to sell any significant numbers. Chinese car buyers think hybrids are too expensive. But nobody actually tried to sell a hybrid based on a car that was expensive anyway. That indeed is exactly what Volkswagen is trying now, and my guess is they will succeed. Being nice to the environment is a luxury still few in China can afford…

Hybrids, hybrids for all.

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