Volkswagen - International Motor Show, Frankfurt 2007 - World Premiere of the Tiguan

    TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ -

    The New Tiguan

    To the Point

    Tiguan sets new standards with its high level of driving dynamics

    Driving-active Tiguan redefines interface between SUV and car
    First Volkswagen with fully charged engines without exception
    New and quiet common rail TDIs already fulfill Euro-5 emissions standard
    Maximum trailer load of 2,500 kilograms marks best value in its segment

    -  Wolfsburg, September 2007. Volkswagen is showing the new Tiguan in a
       world premiere at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.
       This "small brother" of the Touareg can be recommended to all those
       car drivers who enjoy the individual visual appearance and versatility
       of a SUV, but also expect a premium level of comfort, agility and
       variability. Its chassis sets new standards in the world of SUVs,
       because it is extremely driving-active and safe. All five engines -
       for the first time on the global SUV market all engines are charged
       without exception - already deliver, powerful propulsion just above
       the idling speed. Today, the completely new and very quiet common rail
       TDIs already satisfy the Euro-5 standard that does not go into effect
       until 2009. Upon request, the Tiguan can be parked nearly
       automatically in the urban jungle by the Park Assist feature. Off-
       road, on the other hand, the latest radio-navigation system (RNS 510)
       navigates its occupants back to civilization using its off-road
       function. Meanwhile, with up to 1,510 liters of cargo space, the
       Tiguan exhibits van qualities. 2,500 kilograms of trailer load also
       define the absolute best value in the Tiguan segment.

    Trend&Fun and Sport&Style as clever and agile all-round talents

    -  Very intentionally, Tiguan - offered in the equipment versions
       Trend&Fun, Sport&Style and Track&Field - is being offered in two body
       variants: The Trend&Fun and Sport&Style versions were specifically
       designed for primarily on-road use. Their agile, safe and highly
       comfortable driving behaviors are equal to those of a car. At the same
       time, these Tiguans do not shy away from either off-road drives or
       trailer loads. They leave the really rock-tough off-road routes to the
       Tiguan Track&Field.

    Track&Field for more serious off-road duty

    -  The Tiguan Track&Field was specially designed for life off of the
       asphalted trails. Different than the Trend&Fun and Sport&Style
       versions, this especially adventure-friendly Tiguan exhibits a more
       extreme entry angle (28 instead of 18 degrees; maximum angle without
       the vehicle impacting the trail in front). As standard equipment the
       Tiguan Track&Field also has a newly developed off-road mode that
       awakens an entire armada of assistance systems to make drives off-road
       especially safe.

    First SUV in the world exclusively with charged engines

    -  As already outlined, the Tiguan is the first SUV in the world to be
       offered exclusively with charged engines. The advantage of engine
       charging: More power, less fuel consumption and lower emissions. Take
       the example of the gasoline engines: There will be three new TSIs -
       direct injection engines with turbocharging or turbocharging plus
       supercharging. The four cylinders deliver 110 kW / 150 PS, 125 kW /
       170 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS. Take the example of the diesel: A
       completely redeveloped generation of noticeably quieter common rail
       four cylinder engines is being employed here. The two TDIs output 103
       kW / 140 PS and 125 kW / 170 PS and smash the Euro-5 emissions

    Full-time 4MOTION all-wheel drive and two six-speed gearboxes

    -  Full-time all-wheel drive is absolutely essential off-road. On paved
       streets an intelligent all-wheel drive also improves active safety. In
       the Tiguan the latest generation of 4MOTION all-wheel drive is used.
       It is shifted by manual, or optionally automatic, six-speed
       transmissions. Both transmissions satisfy special off-road
       requirements. The manual transmission can be driven at an engine speed
       of 1,000 rpm or vehicle speed of just 6.69 km/h, for example; this
       practically equals the crawler gear of a reduction gearbox. The
       automatic transmission has gear level preselect; in off-road use it
       prevents shifting to the next higher gear.

    A SUV interior with the variability of a van

    -  The Tiguan is an all-round talent. This characterization not only
       describes its powertrain properties, but also the multi-variable and
       very spacious interior. The rear bench seat is split with a 60:40
       ratio, it can be adjusted 16 centimeters in the longitudinal
       direction, and the rear seatback has multiple tilt adjustment
       settings. This provides either more legroom in the rear or additional
       space in the cargo area. Available as an option is a double cargo
       floor including cargo management system. Also standard on the Tiguan
       Track & Field and Sport&Style is a folding front passenger seat so
       that very long objects can be stowed. With regard to the seat
       position, the passengers travel exceptionally comfortably, not only in
       front but also in the rear. The reason: Similar to the case in a movie
       theater, rear passenger seating is a bit higher and therefore more

    The Tiguan parks independently and finds the way back from the desert all
    by itself

    -  On board an SUV for the first time is the Park Assist feature, with
       which the Tiguan turns into a parking space nearly automatically and
       impressively. The off-road mode already mentioned is a technology
       show; no other SUV in the world can call upon such a network of safety
       systems off-road at the press of a button. The Tiguan also exhibits
       its mastery when it comes to trailer load: It may range up to 2,500
       kilograms, which is handled by the new, swiveling trailer hitch. In a
       class by themselves are the touchscreen radio and navigation systems;
       the top model (RNS 510) offers a standard 30 gigabyte hard disk
       memory, an off-road navigation mode and rearview camera. Any of the
       passengers can also look through a panorama sunroof at the sky of the
       savannah or the city.

    The New Tiguan

    Design & Dimensions

    Strong statement on 4.43 meters of length

    Powerful contours lend the Tiguan an athletic overall character
    Tiguan design transfers the mastery of the Touareg to another class

    Wolfsburg, September 2007. The new Tiguan has a high-end, mature and
astute image. It transfers the Touareg idea of the sovereign cruising and
off-road SUV to another class. Just like his larger brother, the more compact
Tiguan also masters the ride through both worlds - taking on asphalt as well
as natural trails. The design of the Tiguan matches this character precisely.

    Front end.

    A typical, trusted, friendly Volkswagen. And yet everything is new,
everything different. The radiator grille was further developed and its design
was significantly reduced compared to before. The headlights are distinctive;
they form an integral unit with the grille and bumper.
    The engine hood is cut into the contour of the headlamps and lends a very
concentrated look to the car's face. Shaped to be broad and powerful is the
bumper beneath the headlamps, and on the sides the fog lamps complete the
image in their own frames.
    The actual character of the front end, however, is generated by the
interplay of all design characteristics. And in the process the 1.81 meter
wide and 1.67 meter tall (without roof railing) Tiguan exhibits a clarity of
form and proportion that make the approx. 4.43 meter long SUV stand out
distinctively from the crowd in the big city jungle. The front end of the
Tiguan Track&Field - specially designed for uncompromising off-road duty -
takes up a special position. With regard to achieving the greatest possible
entry angle (28 instead of 18 degrees), it does not have the pronounced front
spoiler with matching air inlets that is found on the Tiguan Trend&Fun and
Sport&Style. Rather, here a distinctive integrated engine underbody protection
plate extends diagonally from a line between the tires up to the radiator

    Side profile.

    In its side profile clarity and power also dominate the forms; here too
there are no details that appear random or not thought out to completion.
Viewed from the side, except for the small VW symbol in the wheel rims, there
is no logo that "gives away" the Tiguan as a Volkswagen. And yet, there is no
doubt that it can be made out as a Volkswagen at first glance. Clarity and
power form very unique wheel arches, a window line that rises from front to
back, the door and fender surfaces designed with strong modulation, as well as
new, unmistakable C pillars.
    Each detail follows a logic of form and unifies the whole. The Tiguan
thereby exhibits the same visual presence as the Touareg.

    Rear end.

    Typical of Volkswagen is the design of the rear end. But here too it is
both typical and yet entirely different. Typical, because the basic layout of
the taillights follows the pattern of the Eos and the Passat Variant and are
part of the powerful shoulder section. It is different, because the overall
design takes new paths, the steep tailgate extends far into the bumper and is
part of a design and the classic, pure SUV elements are combined with
contemporary, urban forms. The lowermost segment of the bumper is similar to
the front end is not painted with a view toward impact resistance for off-road

    The New Tiguan


    One car, two front ends, highest quality standards

    High torsional rigidity for the best comfort and ideal crash properties
    Newly designed trailer hitch swivels out of the bumper with lightning

    Wolfsburg, September 2007. For the first time in the SUV segment buyers
of the new Tiguan can choose from two different front ends. The equipment
versions Trend&Fun and Sport&Style were designed specifically for mostly
on-road duty. It ref lects precisely this goal in its classic front end with
maximum entry angle of 18 degrees.
    They leave tough off-road duty to the Tiguan Track&Field. It was designed
especially for life outside of the paved trails. Different than its
counterparts for the "urban jungle" this particularly adventure-friendly
version exhibits a more extreme entry angle of 28 degrees in front. The lower
bumper area and engine underbody protection therefore exhibit a very steep
angular profile. This is precisely why the vehicle can climb a ramp or level
embankment up to the specified 28 degrees without the front end of the Tiguan
contacting this ramp when approaching from the horizontal. Identical on all
models: The rear departure angle of 25 degrees and the so-called ramp angle
between the two axles of 20 degrees. Ground clearance is a uniform 195
millimeters here.

    Torsional rigidity.

    In the structural layout of the body the primary focus was on two
aspects: Optimal comfort and the best crash properties. The fact is: The
characteristic values of 45 Hertz each for static and dynamic torsional
rigidity influence parameters such as driving dynamics, vibration behavior and
acoustics in an extremely positive way. Even in tough off-road duty no
torsional twisting whatsoever is detectable on the body.

    Roof carrier and trailer load.

    Both the Tiguan Sport&Style and the Tiguan Track&Field equipment lines
offer standard roof rails; it can be loaded with up to 100 kilograms payload.
Far greater transportation tasks can be mastered with the swiveling trailer
towing unit. If necessary, the Tiguan can pull a maximum of 2,500 kilograms
(braked trailer at 12 percent incline) from its hitch, putting it in sole
position at the top of its vehicle segment.

    Trailer hitch.

    The trailer hitch itself is manually swiveled out or folded back in just
seconds by cable pulley technology. This eliminates complicated and
time-consuming assembly of the trailer hitch with slot engagement and locking.
Dirty hands are also passé, since the cable pulley with ergonomic knob is
located at the upper left, housed directly on the bumper under a separate
cover. When the tailgate is closed this protects the unit from dirt and makes
it inaccessible to unauthorized persons. The mechanism operates so smoothly
that just a small push with the foot is sufficient to securely lock the system
in place. An LED lights green in the actuating knob as soon as the hitch is
securely locked in place and ready for operation.

    The New Tiguan


    Multivariable interior with up to 1,510 liter cargo volume

    Rear bench seat movable in longitudinal direction; front passenger seat
    650 kilograms payload capacity guarantees the greatest transport

    Wolfsburg, September 2007. Volkswagen gave attention right to the last
detail in the new Tiguan, and gave it a decidedly ergonomic and very spacious
interior along the way. At all five seating positions on board the Tiguan
occupants are equally comfortable. The rear bench can be adjusted in the
longitudinal direction and has an asymmetrically split folding sections. In
this case, objects up to 2.5 meters in length of any type disappear inside the
Tiguan; it is transformed into an all-wheel drive van.

    Cockpit and instrument panel.

    The instruments with their high-end visual and tactile quality are
clearly arranged. All controls are located where one would intuitively expect
to see them. Take the example of the center console: Integrated at the top,
within the optimal viewing field of driver and front passenger, is the new
generation of radio and navigation system. Main functions are controlled by
keys and knobs, while sub-functions are controlled via a touchscreen. Just to
the right and left of the audio system are two air vents each. The entire unit
is encased by a high quality frame that has a stainless steel appearance.
    Located at the next level down is the standard semi-automatic climate
control system known as "Climatic". Ergonomically designed switches for window
lifts and mirror adjustment are also easy to reach in the upper area of the
driver's door.

    Front seats.

    The seating system in the Tiguan is available in three configurations,
depending on the equipment line. The Tiguan Trend&Fun will be delivered with
so-called "normal seats" that already offer good comfort on long trips and
height adjustment on the driver's side. Positioned above this is the
Sport&Style equipment line. Here the seats are - true to the line's name -
"Sport seats" with integrated adjustable lumbar support. Meanwhile, the Tiguan
Track&Field is equipped with "Comfort seats", each with adjustable lumbar

    Rear seats.

    The three-part rear seating system is a bench split in a 60:40 ratio; in
addition the center section of the seatback can be folded down to be used as a
center arm rest, drink holder or cargo pass-through. The individual seat
elements can also be adjusted by 16 centimeters in the longitudinal direction.
Independent of this adjustment, the rear seatbacks can be adjusted over a
reclining range of 23 degrees.

    Cargo area.

    Neat, variable, functional and level - these are key words that
accurately describe the cargo area of the Tiguan. With five persons on board
it already stows 470 liters. Up to 1,510 liters and 650 kilograms payload can
be stowed in the Tiguan when the rear seats are folded down. This moves it
right next to genuine mid-class station wagons. So-called gap flaps close the
gaps that occur when the seat is folded away, thereby forming a level cargo
floor. Chrome-plated tie-down eyes, shopping bag hooks, a 12-Volt accessory
plug and other functional elements make this a truly multivariable cargo area.
A net partition also provides for safety when loaded to ceiling height.

    The New Tiguan

    Engines & Transmissions

    First SUV in the world exclusively with charged engines

    New Common Rail TDIs already satisfy Euro 5 emission standard today
    High torque TSIs are predestined for off-road use

    Wolfsburg, September 2007. The Tiguan will be the first SUV in the world
to arrive on the market exclusively with charged TDI and TSI engines. The
advantage: Greater power and torque, better fuel economy and lower emissions.
In the starting phase, the new SUV will debut with a new 110 kW / 150 PS
strong TSI and the first four cylinder commmon rail TDI of the Volkswagen
brand; it outputs 103 kW / 140 PS.
    Over the mid-term two other TSIs and a TDI will be offered. They are all
new to the Volkswagen lineup. The TSI range will be extended by adding two
four cylinder engines: 125 kW / 170 PS and 147 kW / 200 PS. Following up in
the diesel area, there will be a powerful 125 kW / 170 PS TDI; it also sports
newly developed common rail injection. The stated development goal here was to
offer the quietest diesel engines of the class in the Tiguan. Both
direct-injection turbo-diesel engines will already fulfill the Euro-5 that
does not go into effect until 2009. The engines of the Tiguan in detail:

    TSI with 110 kW / 150 PS.

    The new 110 kW TSI (with supercharger and turbocharger) accelerates the
Tiguan to 100 km/h in 9.3 seconds. Its top speed is a respectable 192 km/h.
Maximum engine torque: 240 Newton-meter, available from a low 1,750 rpm. Fuel
consumption: 8.4 liters per 100 kilometers. Special feature: In combination
with the Tiguan Track&Field, the supercharger on this TSI is always engaged in
off-road mode, in order to be able to master even the most difficult off-road
passages with high torque at low rpms and vehicle speeds.

    TSI with 125 kW / 170 PS.

    In the mid-performance position, a newly developed TSI engine is being
introduced with 125 kW / 170 PS. The two-liter direct-injection turbocharged
engine accelerates the Tiguan to 100 km/h in just 8.2 seconds. Its top speed
is 200 km/h, and maximum torque is 280 Newton-meter (at 1,800 rpm). On
average, the Tiguan TSI with 125 kW consumes 9.1 liters of fuel per 100

    TSI with 147 kW / 200 PS.

    For the time being, the strongest engine on the new Tiguan will be the
147 kW / 200 PS version of the 2.0 TSI. Although its performance data match
those of the engine used in cars like the Golf GTI, the engine used here
represents a new engine generation. In this case, the maximum torque of 280
Newton-meter that is already available at 1,700 rpm remains constant up to
5,000 rpm. After just 7.6 seconds the most powerful Tiguan is moving at 100
km/h; and the forward propulsion does not end until 211 km/h. Average fuel
consumption is identical to that of the 170 PS version at 9.1 liters of super

    TDI with 103 kW / 140 PS.

    Both TDI engines of the Tiguan are completely new developments. On the
light 166 kilogram common rail TDI, injection pressures up to 1,800 bar
produce especially fine atomization of the fuel. Eight-hole injection nozzles
drive the state-of-the-art piezo injectors. The result in the case of the 103
kW TDI: 320 Newton-meter maximum torque at a low 1,750 rpm. Only 10.4 seconds
elapse during the acceleration to 100 km/h. This Tiguan TDI reaches a top
speed of 186 km/h. Its fuel consumption is 7.2 liters of diesel per 100

    TDI with 125 kW / 170 PS.

    The more powerful of the two new TDIs with common rail injection outputs
125 kW / 170 PS. Its maximum torque is a considerable 350 Newton-meter (at
1,750 rpm). After just 8.9 seconds this Tiguan is already 100 km/h fast. Its
peak speed is 200 km/h. This contrasts with an average consumption of 7.0
liters per 100 kilometers.

    Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

    All Tiguans are delivered with six-speed transmissions as standard
equipment. As an option, the two strongest gasoline engines (170 PS and 200
PS) as well as the 140 PS TDI may be ordered with a six-speed automatic. Both
transmissions fulfill special off-road requirements. The manual transmission
can be driven at an engine speed of 1,000 rpm or vehicle speed of just 6.69
km/h, for example; this practically equals the crawler gear of a reduction
gearbox. The automatic transmission has gear level preselect; in off-road use
it prevents shifting to the next higher gear.

    The New Tiguan


    Haldex clutch controls power distribution in seconds speed

    4MOTION provides more grip off-road and more safety on-road
    Latest generation of the 4MOTION all-wheel drive debuts in the Tiguan

    Wolfsburg, September 2007. In 1998 Volkswagen presented the highly
advanced 4MOTION system as the successor to the full-time "syncro" all-wheel
drive. Over nearly a full decade, the all-wheel drive concept has been
continuously further developed in various technical configurations. An
important design property of the 4MOTION systems installed in car segments up
to the Passat V6 FSI (another technology is used on the Phaeton and Tiguan) is
the very quick reacting Haldex clutch. The latest version of this technology
operates on the Tiguan.
    The defined development goal was an all-wheel drive that satisfies the
highest standards for driving dynamics and driving safety on the road, while
simultaneously offering optimal traction off of the paved trails. In practice,
this means: Hardly any perceptible additional fuel consumption, no effects on
the engine and no running noises.

    4MOTION details.

    The electro-hydraulic Haldex clutch runs in an oil bath. The multi-plate
clutch system itself was integrated in the rear axle drive of the Tiguan; the
entire unit weighs just 44 kilograms. As soon as speed differences develop
between the front and rear axles, two annular piston pumps are activated that
build up pressure in the multi-plate clutch and join the axles to one another.
The transferable torque varies with the magnitude of the pressure applied to
the clutch plates, and this controls the flow of force between the front and
rear wheels according to specific needs and stepless. As soon as the clutch
detects slip at the front axle, more engine torque is applied to the rear
axle. Normally, 90 percent of the propulsive force is to the front wheels and
ten percent to the rear. In extreme cases, however, nearly 100 percent can be
transferred to the rear axle.

    The New Tiguan


    Agility and active safety like in a passenger car

    Front axle: McPherson system with aluminum subframe
    Rear axle: Innovative four-link axle complements all-wheel drive ideally

    Wolfsburg, September 2007. Right from the beginning it was clear: The new
Tiguan should be a leader in its class when it comes to dynamics, comfort and
safety. Consequently, in the context of chassis development the top priorities
were agile handling properties, a high level of vibration and rolling comfort,
low roll angle with harmonious roll dynamics, very good driving stability and
yet optimal off-road driving ability. The development team pulled out all
stops to attain these objectives. The results: Neutral to slightly
understeering handling and exceptionally low roll angle. This goal was
achieved with a chassis layout that actually sets new standards with regard to
driving dynamics, active safety and convenience. Next year an electronic
suspension control system will be added. Tuning will then vary situation-
dependently between the levels "Comfort", "Normal" and "Sport". Details of the

    Front axle.

    Used in front of the Tiguan is a McPherson suspension specially tuned for
the SUV with lower wishbones and wheel-locating struts. It is mounted on a
one-piece aluminum subframe.

    Rear axle.

    The four-link rear suspension was tuned for the full-time 4MOTION
all-wheel drive. The very robust but at the same time dynamically laid out
axle geometry has already been proven out in similar form on the Passat
4MOTION. With regard to tough off-road duty, the Tiguan utilizes a frame made
of high-strength steels. For the rear suspension newly developed shock
absorbers were also developed with increased oil volume; the favorable
temperature level makes the shock absorbers fit for even the toughest off-road
drives. Like the suspension struts of the front suspension that were also
redeveloped, both components offer exceptionally good comfort properties.


    One technological highlight indirectly related to the chassis is the
completely redeveloped next generation of electro-mechanical power steering.
The decisive advantage of the system: Despite very precise steering feel, no
kickback pulses whatsoever are transmitted to the steering unit, even in
off-road operation. This is primarily due to a newly constructed steering

    Wheels and tires.

    Handling the contact to the road or trail in the Trend&Fun and
Track&Field versions of the Tiguan are 16-inch wheels with size 215/65 R16
tires. The Tiguan "Sport&Style" gets standard 17-inch alloy wheels and size
235/55 R17 tires. 18-inch wheels with tires in 235/50 R18 format will be
offered as a special option.

    The New Tiguan

    Standard & Special Equipment

    Three equipment lines with high levels of convenience and safety

    Climatic, CD-Radio, ESP and electronic parking brake are standard
    Park Assist and Off-Road Switch simplify life in city and on the savannah

    Wolfsburg, September 2007. The Tiguan is the first SUV in the compact
class to have two front ends. These body versions are each combined with
specific equipment lines. There are three of these lines. The front end of the
Trend&Fun and Sport&Style lines was designed for a maximum entry angle of 18
degrees; its service environment is essentially paved terrain. The front
module of the Track&Field equipment line (28 degree entry angle), also a
high-end line, was specially designed for tougher off-road duty.


    Even the base version of the Tiguan has extensive convenience and safety
features. When it comes to safety, these include a protective network of six
airbags, the ESP electronic stabilization program, trailer stabilization
integrated in ESP (for vehicles with trailer hitch), Isofix child seat
anchorages on the rear bench and electronic parking brake with Auto-Hold
function. Standard on-board convenience features also include the 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.


    Some of the features of the very exclusive Tiguan Sport&Style, in
addition to those of the Tiguan Trend&Fun, are: 17-inch "Los Angeles" alloy
wheels with size 235/55R17 tires, chrome roof rails, protective radiator
screen with chrome accent strips and window graphics in chrome, tinted windows
starting at the B-pillars (up to 65 percent light absorbing), 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


    The Tiguan Track&Field was specially configured for tough off-road duty
with its 28 degree front module. Standard equipment on the Tiguan Track&Field
includes an off-road switch, which at the press of a button awakens an entire
armada of assistance systems for making drives off-road especially safe.
Specifically, in one fell swoop this switch activates the hill descent
assistant (optimal control in descents), modified driving pedal characteristic
(finer metering of engine torque), EDS adaptation (electronic differential
locks are activated at the slightest slip), ABS adaptation (improved braking
on loose substrates), hill ascent assistance (support in ascents and clutch
protection) and - together with an automatic transmission - gear level
preselect (including optimal engine braking effect).
    Moreover, at no additional cost Volkswagen sends the Tiguan Track&Field
out for adventures, large or small, with the 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" that have adjustable lumbar supports.

    Special equipment options.

    Typical of Volkswagen is the standard practice of designing the
functionality of components at the interfaces to the driver to be as
comfortable as possible. That applies precisely to every new technology that
is implemented in a new Volkswagen. And there are many of these in the new

    Park Assist.

    The numerous high-end technologies of the Tiguan include the first Park
Steering Assistant implemented in a SUV in the world. The so-called Park
Assist function enables automatic backing into a parking space parallel to the
roadway. The driver just actuates the gas pedal, brake and clutch; the Tiguan
meanwhile steers into the pre-measured space under sensor control. As soon as
the driver manually intervenes in the steering process, the Park Assist
function is deactivated.

    Radio and navigation systems.

    The Tiguan is being offered with a completely new radio and navigation
systems. The RCD 510 radio (including 6-disk CD changer, optionally with DAB
digital radio reception) and RNS 510 radio-navigation system are controlled in
part via a touch-screen (6.5 inch). Also part of the RNS 510 hardware is a
Power-PC processor running at 400 MHz and a dedicated graphics processor. The
navigation and entertainment data are saved on a 30 gigabyte hard drive.
Another SD card slot (including for MP3 files) is located below the display on
both devices.

    Off-road navigation.

    One innovation of the RNS 510 is its specially developed off-road
navigation mode. In this mode, up to 500 waypoints can be stored while driving
in non-digitalized areas. That is how drivers can find their way back from any
off-road adventure. The tours can be automatically recorded by manually saving
of waypoints or automatically (Track function).

    Rearview camera.

    Another standard component of the RNS 510 radio-navigation system is the
rearview camera. It is located directly above the license plate, and it
transmits a real-time distortion-free image to the display of the RNS 510. The
route is also shown in the display, as on the Touareg, utilizing orientation
lines corresponding to the specific steering wheel movement.

    Trailer towing unit.

    With a trailer load of up to 2,500 kilograms, the Tiguan sets a new best
value in its segment. In addition, the trailer hitch is a new design concept.
Utilizing cable pulley technology, the trailer hitch unit is swiveled out from
under the bumper in just seconds, and it can be folded back just as quickly,
conveniently and cleanly. There is no longer any complicated assembly with
slot engagement and locking. As soon as the hitch is securely locked in place,
an indicator lights green.

    Panorama sunroof.

    300 percent more. More light, more viewing, more sun. With its enormous
Panorama Sunroof (PSD) the Tiguan offers 300 percent greater roof cutout area
than a conventional Golf sunroof. Despite all of this, it was possible to
achieve the rigidity values of the closed variant, which are especially
important for an SUV.


    You will find additional information and graphic motifs of the new
products in the press database on the Internet at:
    User ID: iaa-tiguan / Password: 09-2007
    All data and equipment contained in this press release apply to models
offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries. All information is
subject to change or correction. TDI, TSI, DSG and Twincharger are registered
trademarks of Volkswagen AG or other companies of the Volkswagen Group in
Germany and other countries.

For further information:

For further information: Faisal Barbhuiya, Public Relations, Volkswagen
Canada, (905) 428-5887,

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