Volkswagen looks to build on SUV success

Volkswagen is to review the public reaction of its new concept car, the Taigun, before deciding whether to launch it in to mass production.

The four-seat vehicle will go on display at the So Paulo motor show and is designed to look similar to the other Volkswagen SUVs - the Touareg and the Tiguan. However, the Taigun has a noticeably smaller exterior, measuring just 1.73 metres in width and 3.86 metres in length.

Inside the vehicle is surprisingly roomy, as the wheelbase measures a sizeable 2.47 metres. The 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine also offers a substantial kick with the car's six gears producing 175 Nm (129 lbs feet) of torque. Maximum speed of the Taigun clocks in at 115 mph or 186 km/h.

The car's design is instantly recognisable and Volkswagen has included underbody protection and resilient side panels. The exterior measurements of the Taigun result in a shorter than average overhangs, with just 68.1cm at the rear and 70.8cm at the front.

With a three-cylinder engine that also features direct fuel injection, the Taigun will combine fuel efficiency with exceptional performance. The car accelerates from 0-62mph in a sharp 9.2 seconds despite weighing 985kg and boasts fuel consumption of over 60 mpg (4.7 litres per 100km).

In addition to the latest in its concept cars, Volkswagen has also made the new version Golf available to purchase. The popular model has now gone through seven different generations.

Volkswagen claims that the new Golf has improved security features and is safer than ever before. In addition, the new version will weigh less and be more fuel-efficient, which is becoming an increasingly important factor for hard-up motorists.

To date, Volkswagen has sold in excess of 29 million Golf cars, making it the most popular car in Europe. Over 1.5 million have been purchased in the UK alone.

Volkswagen has made the new Golf available in three- and five-door models, whilst it can also come equipped with a range of different petrol and diesel engines. There are also three different levels of trim to choose from, ranging from the basic S, through to SE and then GT.

The secret to the exceptional fuel consumption of the 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS Golf is the ability to shutdown two cylinders when the engine is under a lighter load. Active Cylinder Technology allows the Golf to achieve an impressive 60.1 mpg when using a combined cycle.

The seventh-generation Golf goes on sale priced between £16,285 and £24,880.

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