For hump day this week, I figured we should stay on the subject of hybrid cars. Today, we're going jump across the big pond to Germany where those crafty engineers at Volkswagen have converted one of their SUV models into a hybrid. So I present this video that takes a look at the 2011 VW Touareg hybrid.
The roads of Florence, Italy, provide a gorgeous backdrop for the 2011 VW Touareg hybrid as it makes its way around city streets and the scenic countryside. As for the Touareg itself, Volkswagen has claimed to have made significant changes for the hybrid version of the Touareg to make it more economical and ecological. Apparently many an automotive scribe find this boast to be mostly fluff as many have criticized the "green" version of the Touareg as being less fuel efficient than its diesel counterpart (28 mpg versus 31 mpg, respectively). However, the Touareg hybrid possesses VW's first mass produced hybrid drivetrain and it can run up to 31 miles per hour in an all-electric mode and it reportedly weighs more than 400 pounds less than previous Touaregs. Is this a fair trade-off? As the NFL used to say, "you make the call."