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Ever wonder why so many new cars—Vue, Prius, Sportage—have meaningless, made-up names? Look at the trouble Volkswagen has run into after deciding to name its new SUV after a tribe of Saharan nomads that dates to the 11th century: the Touaregs (sometimes spelled "Tuaregs"). The tribe is known in Europe for its ability to survive in hostile environments—a perfect quality for an SUV, or so VW reasoned. But it turns out that while the Touaregs have some picturesque customs (men wear blue veils in the presence of women and carry intricate swords), they historically followed another, less attractive one: They were notorious slave owners and traders until the beginning of the 20th century.

For VW dealers in the U.S., who had already voiced their objections to the obscure, hard-to-pronounce name—they preferred something catchier, like "SUVW"—the slavery issue added injury to insult. German executives insisted on staying the course. "We deplore any society's past history of slavery," says a U.S. spokesman for VW. "Unfortunately, nearly all cultures have it in their pasts, including our own." Sure makes you nostalgic for the Chevy Bel Air and Buick Riviera.


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for non-suv i like chevy no va

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that suv is awesome. the name sounds like it's missing an n. it should be TOURANG. that sounds much better. interesting story too.

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for non-suv i like chevy no va
For those that don't know what your talking about, the Nova didn't sell well in Mexico becuase no va means "no go". :lol:

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ya kno when the Toureg was being produced, the similar Porsche Cheyenne was already done and was ready for sale. Evil VW told Porsche to hold the sale until the Toureg was ready. Gheyness. I cant believe VW has relationships (strong or weak) with porsche, bugatti, lambourghini, audi, and umm....am i missing anything else?
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Maybe to avoid offending anyone, they should call it the P.C. (Politically Correct) Cruizer.

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Maybe to avoid offending anyone, they should call it the P.C. (Politically Correct) Cruizer.
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I cant believe VW has relationships (strong or weak) with porsche, bugatti, lambourghini, audi, and umm....am i missing anything else?
VW actually owns Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Audi, Skoda and Seat.

Wasn't the original name of the VW SUV supposed to be the Colorado?

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don't they also own Trojan™?

doh wait, that's somebody else.

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ya kno when the Toureg was being produced, the similar Porsche Cheyenne was already done and was ready for sale. Evil VW told Porsche to hold the sale until the Toureg was ready. Gheyness. I cant believe VW has relationships (strong or weak) with porsche, bugatti, lambourghini, audi, and umm....am i missing anything else?
porsche is still independent for the most part

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Originally posted by Bob Loblaw+Jul 24 2003, 04:17 PM--></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Bob Loblaw @ Jul 24 2003, 04:17 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-woobiee@Jul 22 2003, 06:25 PM
I cant believe VW has relationships (strong or weak) with porsche, bugatti, lambourghini, audi, and umm....am i missing anything else?
VW actually owns Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Audi, Skoda and Seat.

Wasn't the original name of the VW SUV supposed to be the Colorado? [/b][/quote]
I think GM snatched up the Colorado name ahead of them for the upcoming replacement for the s-10 pickup

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i still think VW is evil LOL, they are trying to buy everyone up.
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well VW is just trying to pick up from where the fuhrer left off. instead of european land domination they are going for european auto domination. something about those power hungry germans. damn sweet cars though

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There is a Toyota Colorado in the UK

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VW actually owns Bentley, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Audi, Skoda and Seat.

I think Skoda was going to come to the U.S....I guess there's no point cuz the VW modles are exactly the same. When I went to Austria we drove around in a Skoda Octavia ....it's exactly like the passat wagon
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