2003 Geneva Show - Volkswagen Touran

Front Left View

The Touran won't be making it to the U.S., but the underpinnings of this mini minivan will, because this is the first variant of the fifth-generation Golf. The new VW uses electromechanical steering, a four-link rear suspension, and six-speed transmissions. It is notably bigger than before. VW has been lacking a car in this booming segment in Europe, so the Touran can't come soon enough. Like the Renault Megane Scenic and the Opel Zafira, it offers amazing versatility in a small package: The three individual rear seats slide and fold and can be removed, the trunk is enormous, and there is an available third-row seat. The Touran will be offered with three engines at launch: a 113-hp, 1.6-liter gasoline unit and 1.9- and 2.0-liter turbodiesels making 99 and 134 hp. Interior quality, as expected, is stellar.
BOTTOM LINE: Just what the company bottom line needed.

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