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2007 LA Auto Show: Volkswagen Unveils 2009 VW Tiguan and Space UP! Blue - COMPLETE VIDEO

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LOS ANGELES - Volkswagen of America, Inc. introduced the production ready Tiguan compact sport utility vehicle at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. The Tiguan represents a new entry in a new segment for Volkswagen. “Tiguan is a new reflection on the three pillars of the Volkswagen brand promise: innovation, responsibility and value,” commented Volkswagen of America CEO, Stefan Jacoby. “Growing our business as a volume player in the US market will require new product entries in new segments for Volkswagen. The premium compact SUV Tiguan is the first of these new products,” he added. Tiguan brings new standards of design aesthetics, driving dynamics, salient safety features, and a host of luxury and convenience attributes to an emerging category.

The space up! blue concept car was also presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show as a world exclusive – a compact, self-confident zero emissions van in the style of the legendary Volkswagen Samba Bus. On board: the world’s first high temperature fuel cell and an array of twelve lithium-ion batteries. When the electric motor (45 kW / 61 PS) of the space up! blue is driven exclusively by battery, a range of 65 miles is possible – enough to handle nearly all distances in downtown areas. In the scenario of tomorrow’s world, the four-seat Volks¬wagen is advancing to become the ideal vehicle for anyone who wants to drive – completely emissions-free – to work, recreation, school or university or just shopping.

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