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Heres a few bits and pieces which have been made available lately:
Article on the September 26th world premier of the Touareg at the Paris Motor Show:
Click here for article
New pics from VWVortex:
Click here for offroad pic 1
Click here for offroad pic 2
Click here for offroad pic 3
Closeup of the NAV--
Click here for closeup of NAV
Can anybody else provide more information or details? I'd especially be curious if it will be available with a 6-speed manual ...there's been conflicting reports about this.
This dealership is a rather low volume dealer which is located in a smaller town that is not a bedroom community of a major metropolitan city. They already provide excellent service for their VW clients and even though not required to do so, wash cars after they are serviced. People whom Ive talked to that have purchased VWs there, tell me that they feel as if they get treated no differently than an Audi customer.
The decision to offer service loaners is usually up to the individual dealership. I know many Audi dealerships that dont offer them for routine scheduled services. The only stipulation that comes from Audi of America is that they'll reimburse the dealer for a service loaner to be given to the customer if the car has to be kept over night for warranty repairs.
So, my suspicion is that VW dealerships which are chosen to sell the Touareg and Phaeton will be a cut above the ordinary VW dealer. There is a VW salesperson (vwguild?) who posts on many of the Town Hall VW forums who could probably give more definitive answers to these questions. I know there have been many discussions on the Phaeton forum about this subject and he has given many explanations on Volkswagens future dealership plans. I really haven't followed those discussions so you might peruse the Phaeton forum (or it could have even been in the Passat forum<?>) to see where these discussions were taking place.
Will free scheduled maintenance be offered on the Touareg and Phaeton? I would suspect so. You'd have to think that they'd want to offer that just to stay competitive with their competition.
From what Ive been reading, the V10 diesel will be delayed coming to the U.S. because they need as much time as possible to fiddle with the smog controls so that it will be able to meet the stringent California emmisions requirements. I believe I read that on one of the VWVortex forums. If I can find it, I'll post the link later. What comes to my mind at the present time is a mid 2004 introduction. Oh wait, I found it (third article down on the following page): Click here and go to the third article on the page
And the links below lead to one of the most comprehensive articles I've seen so far pertaining to the Touareg (I have not even read them completely myself):
Click here for part 1
Click here for part 2
--'roccop.s. please excuse the lack of apostrophes ...Edmund's software must be goofing off this morning.
Heres another extremely comprehensive article that just came out yesterday ...an 8-page synopsis on almost everything you might want to know about the Touareg (some of it is a rehash of the previous article I posted):
Click here for article from GermanCarFans
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