Torque (Singapore) - - VOLKSWAGEN TOUAREG -

It is fit­ting that Volk­swa­gen picked Aus­tria to launch the new third-gen­er­a­tion Touareg. The Touareg may be Volk­swa­gen’s most fa­mous SUV, but it is not the first. The first VW SUV was the one-off, jacked-up, four­wheel-drive, off-road ver­sion of Golf called Golf Coun­try, pro­duced in 1990 and 1991.

And the Golf Coun­try has an Aus­trian con­nec­tion – the reg­u­lar Golfs were sent from VW’s Ger­man plant to Graz, Aus­tria where they were fit­ted with four­wheel-drive gears by Aus­trian ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer Steyr-Daim­ler-Puch. Some 7700 units of the car were pro­duced.

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