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Volkswagen is apparently content to sell lots and lots of diesel Touaregs and sees no need to market the new hybrid model as a loss leader to get market share. While U.S. pricing for the 2011 Touareg has not net yet been announced, the new configurator is now up on VW's German retail site. Over there, the Touareg will be available with either a 3.0-liter V6 or 4.2-liter V8 diesel in addition to the hybrid powertrain. The 3.0 starts at €50,700 (approx $68,400 U.S. at today's exchange rates), and that includes the hefty value added taxes paid in Europe so it's not directly comparable to what we paid here.
Those that need extra acceleration and towing power can get the V8 TDI for €70,800. If you want that limited electric drive capability, you'll have to fork over a minimum of €73,500 (approx. $99,100) for the privilege. That's a premium of over $30,000. With our limited command of German, we're not sure how they match up on a comparably equipped basis. Somehow we think it may take several lifetimes of owning a Touareg to make that up in fuel savings over the V6 diesel.
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