Hanover site gets to build Volkswagen Tiguan compact SUV

Article by Christian A., on March 19, 2014

Volkswagen will expand output of its Tiguan compact SUV to its Hanover site in Germany to boost capacity utilization at the plant, people privy with the matter told Reuters. The Hanover plant currently produces the T5 van, Amarok pick-up truck and the Porsche Panamera. The site risks losing output of the Panamera since Porsche is planning to focus production at its Leipzig plant.

The Hanover site also failed to win the production of the new Crafter van, which VW plans to build at a new facility in Poland near its Poznan plant. A labor representative at the Hanover site remarked in January that the facility needs a new model to secure jobs since it is only using only 70 percent of its capacity.

To shore up capacity utilization in Hanover, VW plans to add the Tiguan compact SUV, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, confirming a recent report by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

VW currently builds the Tiguan its main Wolfsburg plant. Hanover would produce several hundred Tiguans daily, the sources divulged, adding that VW supervisory board will meet Tuesday to approve the decisions on Hanover and Poland.

Since its launch in Autumn 2007, the Volkswagen Tiguan has proven to be one of the most successful vehicles of its kind, amassing 700,000 deliveries across five continents. Among the selling points of the Tiguan are its technical attributes and great levels of economy as well as its distinctive, timeless and enticing design.

Now, the lines of the Tiguan four-door SUV have been further developed while its front and rear ends were redesigned to carry Volkswagen's new design DNA.

Just like its immediate predecessor, the new VW Tiguan comes in two body versions, each having different angles of approach. The classic version has an angle of approach of 18 degrees, making it suitable for urban setting and towing challenges. The other version has an angle of approach of 28 degrees, which makes it suitable for tough terrain drives.

Since the front ends of these two body versions are different, their lengths also vary. For instance, the VW Tiguan with an 18-degree front has a length of 4,426 mm, while its twin with a 28-degree front measures 4,433 mm. All other dimensions are the same including width (2,041 mm with door mirrors or 1,809 mm sans door mirrors) and height (1,703 mm with roof rails or 1,686 mm sans roof rails). Both versions also have the same wheelbase (2,604 mm) and track widths (1,569 mm on front and 1,571 mm on rear).

Helping distinguish the two body versions of the Tiguan are their styling, although both carry the new VW "design DNA" as defined by clear horizontal lines.

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