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IN Scotland it is liable to be nicknamed the Tow-rag.

However, the new Volkswagen off-roader has more than enough brute force to take it squarely on the chin.

The Touareg is VW's first venture into the sports utility sector - and clearly the German giant are taking it very seriously.

Although the vehicle doesn't go on sale until the beginning of May, restricted dealerships are already taking orders.

The range begins at pounds 29,335 for the 3.2-litre V6 rising to pounds 50,440 for the flagship five-litre model.

This car has created a stir as it features the most technologically-advanced V10 Tdi engine to date.

And VW are quick to blow their trumpet over the Touareg's off-road ability - this handsome chap likes a bit of rough.

Luxury car customers won't be disappointed either by the generous list of standard spec ranging from a multi-function computer with steering wheel controls to a 10-speaker CD.

Initially the car will be available with three power-trains - a 3.2-litre V6, 4.2- litre V8 petrol and five-litre V10 diesel with turbo.

A 2.5-litre Tdi engine will arrive later in the year, bringing the price down by nearly pounds 750.

With its permanent four-wheel drive, hillstart and descent assist, the Touareg will more than cut the mustard in any driving environment.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 28, 2003
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