Volkswagen Shrunk The Tiguan, Now Taigun (Jumbo Picture Gallery)

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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Volkswagen will roll out its new NFS, MQB, MLB and MSB kit architectures to Brazil, Volkswagen do Brasil chief Thomas Schmall told Automobilwoche [sub]. The first representative will likely be a very small SUV, based on the UP! NFS (New Small Familiy) architecture.

Volkswagen brought a concept car to the São Paulo International Motor Show. Tongue-in-cheek, the 3.86 meter short SUVlet was called Taigun, a jumble of the name of the larger brother Tiguan.

The four-seater is powered by a new 1.0-liter TSI engine with 81 kW / 110 hp. The three-cylinder gasoline engines sports direct fuel injection plus turbocharging, and propels the lightweight (985 kg) concept car to a top speed of 186 km/h. Its combined fuel consumption is said to be 4.5 liters per 100 km.

Don’t expect AWD from the Taigun. “The NFS chassis is not designed for this,” Volkswagen R&D chief Ulrich Hackenberg said.

If the SUVlet appeals, then it will be built in Brazil and exported worldwide. Automobilwoche thinks it won’t happen before 2015.

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  • Slab Slab on Oct 23, 2012

    Really sharp looking. But if the Tiguan taught us anything, the production model won't look anything like this.

  • Kyree Kyree on Oct 23, 2012

    The guidelines of what is considered an SUV become more and more lenient as the years go by. Pretty soon the SMART ForTwo will be considered one...

  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.
  • Lorenzo In Massachusetts, they used to require an inspection every 6 months, checking your brake lights, turn signals, horn, and headlight alignment, for two bucks.Now I get an "inspection" every two years in California, and all they check is the smog. MAYBE they notice the tire tread, squeaky brakes, or steering when they drive it into the bay, but all they check is the smog equipment and tailpipe emissions.For all they would know, the headlights, horn, and turn signals might not work, and the car has a "speed wobble" at 45 mph. AFAIK, they don't even check EVs.
  • Not Tire shop mechanic tugging on my wheel after I complained of grinding noise didn’t catch that the ball joint was failing. Subsequently failed to prevent the catastrophic failure of the ball joint and separation of the steering knuckle from the car! I’ve never lived in a state that required annual inspection, but can’t say that having the requirement has any bearing on improving safety given my experience with mechanics…
  • Mike978 Wow 700 days even with the recent car shortages.
  • Lorenzo The other automakers are putting silly horsepower into the few RWD vehicles they have, just as Stellantis is about to kill off the most appropriate vehicles for that much horsepower. Somehow, I get the impression the OTHER Carlos, Tavares, not Ghosn, doesn't have a firm grasp of the American market.