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Well….the reason to buy a VW Touareg hybrid isn’t to get the most fuel economy possible. You don’t buy an SUV and expect Prius like numbers. However, it would be nice if the main competitor to the Volkswagen Touareg hybrid, the Touareg TDI, didn’t beat the hybrid’s fuel economy, but it doesn’t. So why buy a Touareg hybrid instead of a TDI?
You can still get the terrain tech packet with locking center and rear differential and a button to select low range. This is one hybrid that isn’t afraid of the mud. The hybrid also releases 2 g of CO2/km less than the TDI. The hybrid is rated at about 21/25 mpg city/hwy and the TDI is rated at about 18/25 mpg combined but real world economy of the TDI has proven higher than expected. Will the hybrid match up?
While the Prius isn’t the perfect car, it’s still a step towards full electric vehicles and it spurred development at other manufacturers to bring their own hybrids to market. You can’t get from A to B without abba? Will the Touareg hybrid end up a short lived missing link to something else or will it become viable on its own? The marketplace has spoken – TDI is a good idea. TDI engines are equipped in about 1/3-1/2 of VW Touareg sales so far. The Touareg hybrid will be introduced for model year 2011 in North America – what will the market say about it? What do you have to say about it?
The timesonline uk reviewed the Touareg Hybrid where the VW spokesperson admitted that people don’t buy hybrids “because they offer good fuel consumption or emissions, they buy them to say they drive a hybrid. It’s all about the image”.
What does this say about the viability of a Touareg Hybrid when they also sell a Touareg TDI that gets greater fuel economy? Performance of the hybrid is 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and releases 193 g of CO2/kilometer. By comparison, the Touareg TDI gets195 g/km of CO2, a difference of 1% more CO2/km. If the average driver drives 13,000 miles/year, (22,530 km) that means the Touareg TDI will release 45,060 g of CO2 more a year, about 1% more vs. the hybrid.
In Europe they sell the V8 TDI in addition to the V6 TDI that is sold in North America. That V8 diesel does 0-60 in 5.8 seconds.
What does the Porsche Cayenne have to do with Audi’s V6? Porsche is owned by Volkswagen Auto Group, but they’ve shared many components in the past with VAG cars. The significance of the Porsche Cayenne hybrid is that it’s announcement was a harbinger for the 2011 Audi Q7 hybrid and 2011 VW Touareg hybrid.
The Cayenne hybrid first appeared in the 2007 LA auto show and goes on sale in 2011 as the Porsche Cayenne S hybrid with the VW Touareg hybrid. It uses the same exact 333 hp supercharged V6 from the Audi S4 and A6. However, it also uses a 52 hp electic motor betweeen the transmission and engine for the hybrid system. Like most hybrids, it has a Nickel metal hydride battery pack (NiMH). It has 1.2 miles of electric only propulsion but relies on the engine to charge the battery while it also drives the car. When available, the engine shuts off and lets the electric motor drive the car. Unlike the Prius, it doesn’t use the engine to charge the battery instead of drive the car – the hybrid uses clutches to control if the engine is driving the car and charging the battery or if only the electric motor is driving the car. When the clutch is disengaged, the engine is shut off. Like most hybrids, it has a regenerative braking mode which charges the battery when you brake.
The 288 volt hybrid system adds 300 lbs to the car which isn’t too bad. The car also has electric AC instead of running the AC off the engine. Porsche also plans on putting this system in the Panamera.