DARPA Winner's Victory Lap To End At Smithsonian

The Volkswagen Touareg that was crowned as the first DARPA Grand Challenge winner in 2005 (the first challenge was in 2004, but no winners were crowned) is making a grand tour that will eventually lead the fully autonomous vehicle to the top dog of museums, the Smithsonian. The Touareg was nicknamed "Stanley" since… » 6/23/08 3:00pm 6/23/08 3:00pm

VW Jumps On Dirt Car Art Bandwagon With Touareg Ad

Volkswagen, always being one with the hip kids across the Internet, has jumped on one of the popular Internet trends from a couple years back: dirt car art. When "wash me" was too dull, artists like Scott Wade began taking the dirt-coated windows and creating some pretty spectacular designs and now Volkswagen has done… » 5/13/08 3:00pm 5/13/08 3:00pm

VW Touareg R50 Looking To Take On Porsche Cayenne?

Volkswagen just announced plans to release the new Touareg R50 — the third in VW's series of R-labeled vehicles — at the Australian Motor Show next week. We're told it'll come with a retuned V10 TDI capable of producing more than 313 HP and 553 lb-ft of torque. Although VW hasn't yet released specific power details,… » 10/04/07 8:15am 10/04/07 8:15am

Matt Damon Takes On Touareg 2 In New "Bourne Ultimatum" Commercial From…


Seems like VW's merging their involvement with product placement in the new Jason Bourne movie with their "Safe Happens" ad campaign. The result is — umm — err — interesting? Our only question is if the "fourth wall" is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage, which wall is this breaking if it's… » 7/27/07 3:30pm 7/27/07 3:30pm

Clobberin' TIme: VW Touareg to Be First Among VW Hybrids

At the Frankfurt auto show in 2005, in between shots of espresso and facefulls of the Official Media Center Vegetable Soup, we heard from Porsche that the company was working on a hybrid-drive system for its Cayenne SUV and those that share its platform — that's Volkswagen Touareg and Audi Q7. It was a five-year plan,… » 1/29/07 11:18am 1/29/07 11:18am

Tugging The Heavy Stuff: More on the Touareg 747 Tow

Turns out that Fifth Gear was in on Volkwagen's 747-towing stunt at Dunsfold airfield that we mentioned a while back. 155 tons, in a basically bone-stock vehicle. We don't care if it was a PR stunt by VW, we still think it's pretty rad. Now we wanna see someone try it with a Rabbit diesel pickup. » 12/04/06 8:45pm 12/04/06 8:45pm

R Line: Accessory Packages for Euro V-Dubs

Volkswagen Individual, the company's in-house accessories shop for European tweakers, revealed its R line models at the Essen show last week, with such packages planned for the Golf, Touran minivan, Passat and Touareg SUV. Some might say the company is irreparably diluting its R performance brand (whither the new R32… » 12/04/06 8:09am 12/04/06 8:09am

Ad Watch: The Touareg Side Mirrors Are Good For Looking At Hot Ass

Here's a new ad by the folks over at Crispin Porter + Crashsky for VDub's hard-to-pronounce SUV — featuring not only how to use its retractable mirrors, but the only reason we can think of for why a woman would want to sleep with the guy in the commercial. I mean, who wouldn't want to sleep with a guy who can move… » 11/28/06 7:52am 11/28/06 7:52am

Bruce Allows For Super Towing Potential: Touareg Pulls 747

Oh, it's always fun combining our petty little memes. But we will not be using "Hibernigasm" or "Teutonogasm," or even "Rudolfdieselgasm" in this post. You know that 747 that the Stig and stars in reasonably priced Lacettis and Lianas blow past at Dunsfold Airfield during on-track segments of Top Gear? Yes? Yeah, they… » 11/24/06 2:15pm 11/24/06 2:15pm