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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2010 New York Auto Show.
Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid
What is it? VW rolled out the Touareg Hybrid to showcase the line's next generation. It uses a supercharged V6 engine, which, when combined with a 47-hp electric motor, will give the Touareg Hybrid 380 hp, for acceleration that should be blistering. An eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive are standard. The Touareg hybrid will use a nickel metal hydride battery pack and can VW says it can drive up to 30 mph on electric power alone. Perhaps most significantly, the new Touareg reportedly weighs a whopping 400 pounds less than the outgoing model. VW claims an overall fuel economy of 26 mpg.

What's new or notable? The Touareg Hybrid will use a new type of full hybrid system that disengages the gas engine for electric operation and shuts the engine off for coasting. Volkswagen says this will provide it with a "seamless" driving experience similar to a conventional car.

When will it be available? The regular Touareg will go on sale in the fall of 2010, with the hybrid following a few months later.

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