Volvo’s Beautiful Cross Family
2007 is such an amazing year for Volkswagen not only because its CrossPolo and CrossGolf are doing well in terms of sales, but also because their sporty all-rounder version of the Touran is likewise revving up orders. As a matter of fact, Volkswagen’s German partners are now taking orders for this latest addition to the Cross family. Sales and advance orders to date are pouring in which simply shows that this series is a favorite amongst customers. One out of ten Polos comes from this special edition series.
The third member of the Cross family is currently made available for order since the beginning of the year- the Volkswagen CrossTouran. This vehicle is not only strikingly styled but has become a practical and lifestyle-oriented vehicle. The Touran is a front-wheel drive and boasts of major new features which include additional ground clearance of approximately 12 millimeters plus a variety of visible body elements.
Some of the vehicle’s notable features are its new front spoiler which comes in a “matte chrome” look, silver-anodized roof rails and dark headlamp mounts, lower bumper sections, side skirts, wheel arches and side protective molding that made extra strong high quality composite materials.
The Touran is also loaded with impressive standard equipment package and top-of-the-line Volkswagen accessories which includes both fog lights as well as range of interior details such as the one-of-a-kind CrossTouran steering wheel in perforated leather, the fold-down passenger-seat backrest with table and through-load feature, and of course the folding tables on the backs of the front seats.
Another stunning feature of the vehicle is the mixed tire arrangement wherein it combines 6.5-inch wide and 17 inch diameter alloy wheels with 215/50 tires at the front . For its back tires it has combined 8-inch wide, 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/45 tires just to give it that unique visual appeal.
The Touran is available in color schemes ranging from “Candy White” to “Deep Black” and an exclusive “Red Rock Metallic”. For its interior colors customers has a choice between orange/grey and the more subtle “latte macchiato”.
Volkswagen for its European market launching in spring of 2007 will incorporate three petrol driven engines and three TDIs (standard fitted with diesel particulate filter) with outputs ranging from 75kW to 125kW. The 125 kW TSI Twincharger with standard DSG is expected to grab the spotlight. Volkswagen will offer the CrossTouran for as little as 24,743.79 euros.
Cross for Freedom, Fun and Adventure
The special Cross family of Volkswagen exudes visual appeal of an off-roader with the comfort of a sedan. Although distinct from each other the Cross vehicles share common robust exterior and additional ride height.
According to Christoph Stürmer, analyst at Frankfurt-based market-intelligence specialists Global Insight, “This model strategy demonstrates that Volkswagen is right up-to-date. Cars like the CrossTouran offer the psychological advantages of an off-roader and have a huge appeal to customers because they communicate the feeling of dependability." In short, Stürmer just want to point out that the comfort of the Cross is brought about by its muscular styling, true and tested technology plus its superior outward visibility which is made possible by the high seat position that it possess.
The Volkswagen Cross Family takes its roots in the Polo Fun launched in December of 2003. Its first production of the Cross was sold out in a matter of months. The year 2006 saw the birth of an entire new series with the launching of the CrossPolo in January. Volkswagen was confident that it will become a hit amongst customers but just the same the unit sales figures came as a surprised for them. As a matter of fact, even the marketing specialists at Volkswagen were amazed when they saw the sales figures. The Cross was such a phenomenal success in Germany that one out of ten Polos sold is a Cross model.
The CrossGolf which was first shown at the September Paris Motor Show will be put on sale in December. The CrossTouran which was unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show completes the Cross family. TDI, TSI, DSG and Twincharger are the registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG or of the other companies belonging to the Volkswagen Group in Germany and other countries.
The German motor car is an icon of the 20th Century and only few automakers can parallel the legendary cars that Volkswagen has produced. Volkswagen’s “The Beetle” is a best selling car of all time. Everybody loves the refreshing and innovative design that this car possess. Volkswagen’s bus has also become a symbol of an era while the Golf became a modern masterpiece and became an indelible part of the cultural and personal lives of millions around the world.
In an era of the privilege few, Volkswagen has provided a affordable and practical means of transport for a great number of people that just cannot afford the high cost of other brands. It was in the year 1934 when Ferdinand Porsche has conceived the idea of creating the first peoples’ car for Europe and a year after, a working prototype was launched.
And by the end of 1942, the German automaker Volkswagen has produced 70,000 vehicles. Three years after the war in 1945 Volkswagen has produced almost 2,000 vehicles for the Allied Forces and the new German Post Office. It was in the year 1948 when Volkswagen has produced 25,000 vehicles and it was also in this same year when the first two Beetles were shipped to the US. The following year, 1949, Volkswagen has again produced another 25,000 units of vehicles including the Karmann convertible which became the best-selling convertible in the world. To cut the story short, Volkswagen has grown into a corporation and emerged as a true global force in the auto industry especially with its acquisition and re-development of famous names such as Audi, SEAT, Skoda, and Lamborghini.
About the Author: Growing up with three brothers, Natalie Anderson became exposed early to the world of automobiles. This 29-year-old account manager now dreams of having her very own top-of-the-line vintage car.