Environmental drive: Volkswagon Touareg

Love the space, power and handling of an SUV, but hate the environmental impact? Starting now, you can swap your gas guzzler for a 2011 Touareg, Volkswagen’s first hybrid, and because it’s an SUV, you can still hit the road sitting high.
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Love the space, power and handling of an SUV, but hate the environmental impact? Starting now, you can swap your gas guzzler for a 2011 Touareg, Volkswagen’s first hybrid, and because it’s an SUV, you can still hit the road sitting high. How does it spare the environment? For one, the sturdy yet stylish Touareg pairs a gas engine and a battery-powered electric motor that together produce the muscle of a V8 while bettering the fuel efficiency of a V6. Plus, the electric motor captures the kinetic energy used during coasting and braking to recharge itself. And its innovative Stop-Start system automatically shuts off the car’s engine whenever you hold down the brake—release the brake, and the engine starts again! The bottom line: You get where you’re going using less gas, releasing fewer fumes and attracting more bravos than boos! To try the Touareg, visit Shrewsbury Motors in Shrewsbury (732.945.4367, shrewsburymotors.com).

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