Alternative means of propulsion are the norm at the North American International Auto Show this year in Detroit, and VW
had a few options on display. First up is the Touareg Hybrid, the company's first, with a 3.0 liter supercharged V6 paired to an electric motor, offering a combined 380hp, 0 - 60 times of 6.2 seconds (not bad for a 5,000lb SUV), and up to 27mpg -- if you don't dip too deep in the throttle. Keep things light, and under 30mph, and you can drive it as a purely EV car so long as there's charge. It's available now.
Also on display is the Golf Blue-e-motion that our friends at Autoblog
previously got to spend a little time with
in Germany. This is currently built on the Golf Mk VI platform but, by the time it is released in 2013, will be applied to the upcoming Mk VII platform. It's said to offer a realistic 80 miles of range and, unlike the Focus Electric
, hasn't made too many sacrifices in the cargo compartment.
VW Blue-e-motion Golf
VW Touareg Hybrid