Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. contributes headlamps to the new adaptive lighting system on the new, second-generation Volkswagen Touareg. The system scans the road ahead with a windshield-mounted camera and uses software from VW to determine the exact position of any vehicles ahead.
This data is used to regulate a cylindrical shade fitted in front of the headlights. By precisely moving the shade, other traffic can be shielded from the glare of the Touareg's headlights while leaving everywhere else illuminated. This ensures the driver has optimum visibility without causing discomfort to other motorists.
The system is a variation on camera-based lighting technology found on the Audi A8 and Mercedes-Benz E class. On those models, the headlights dip automatically in response to oncoming traffic.
Hella's other important contributions include the Touareg's LED brake lights, interior lighting, overhead console and its lane-assist, which keeps the car from straying outside its lane.
Grammer AG contributes to the Touareg's interior by providing the center console and the seat headrests. The highly customizable center console may incorporate a range of control switches, a climate control unit as well as storage compartments and cupholders. The console may also be fitted with two adjustable armrests for the driver and front-seat passenger and comes with 48 different color and material options such as wood or aluminum. The German supplier also provides the center console to the VW Passat. VW unveiled the new Touareg in February. The car made its public debut at the Geneva auto show in March.
The premium large SUV is the first model in VW's lineup to offer an optional gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain. Sanyo Electric Co. supplies the hybrid's nickel-metal hydride battery and Robert Bosch GmbH contributes the integrated motor generator and power electronics. Denso Corp. delivers the electric compressor and the battery-cooling fan.
The starting price in Germany for the hybrid version of its new Touareg is 73,500 euros (about $95,000), a premium of more than 23,600 euros compared with the base price for a non-hybrid variant of the premium SUV. The hybrid Touareg has a 3.3-liter V-6 gasoline engine combined with an electric motor integrated into the front of the transmission housing. The hybrid Touareg can travel short distances at speeds up to 50kph (about 30 mph) in full-electric mode and uses 8.2 liters of fuel per 100km (28.7 U.S. mpg).
Volkswagen assembles the Touareg at its plant in Bratislava, Slovakia.