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Long before the automotive Asian Invasion, German carmakers were happily and successfully selling vehicles in the U.S. The official importation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles began in 1952, though the company’s cars were imported independently for decades prior.
All of the sudden, Volkswagen is back in the crossover SUV game in a big way. Hot on the heels of the recently launched Atlas midsize SUV comes the long-awaited (some would say long overdue) second generation of VW’s Tiguan compact SUV.
2017 Volkswagen Beetle Dune
Class: Sporty/Performance Car
Miles Driven: 182
Fuel Used: 8.2 gallons
Few film genres employ characters more cookie-cutter and two-dimensional than do Westerns. Generally speaking, the whole good guy/bad guy, cowboys/Indians thing is the stuff of mediocre legend. Anyone who’s watched any Roy Rogers movie knows exactly what I’m talking about.
Over the past few years, the compact and midsize crossover SUV segments have grown hotter than ever, but Volkswagen’s two entries in those categories have fallen a bit behind the pack as they’ve aged. While it’s a perfectly capable and pleasant compact SUV, the current VW Tiguan is seriously long in the tooth—it has soldiered on for a full nine seasons with no major changes to its 2009-model-year platform. Likewise, the current Touareg—VW’s pricey, luxuriously trimmed midsize SUV contender—dates back to 2011, and hasn’t seen any significant architectural updates since.
Class: Compact Car
Miles Driven: 323
Fuel Used: 13.5 gallons
2017 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium
Class: Midsize Car
Miles Driven: 428
Fuel Used: 17.4 gallons
DETROIT – Volkswagen has taken the wraps off an all-new version of its compact Tiguan compact crossover. The popular little truck was introduced to the American market for the 2008 model year and hasn’t seen much change since then.