This is a Tiguan: Half Tiger, Half Iguana, Says Volkswagen – Video

While Volkswagen of America struggles to stop bleeding money, they've launched a bunch of commercials that are clean, simple and funny. The idea seems to be to express the advantages of their cars in a nutshell, without jargon or fake marketing.
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Of course, it may not actually help them sell cars, but that doesn't mean we can't share the ads and have a good laugh with you guys.

We often thought that Tiguan is one of the stupidest car names in the auto industry. Of course, there have been other failures, such as the recently announced Bentley Bentayga and the Jaguar F-Pace.

VW took the mini SUV's name even further and built an actual animal with the head of the tiger and the body of an iguana. They probably got the idea from Audi's 2014 super bowl ad "doberwawa", where they grafted the head of a doberman onto the tiny body of a chiwawa.

Of course, a reptile with the body of a wild feline doesn't exist. But Vdub says we should believe it's real because until the Tiguan, a compact turbocharged SUV with standard AWD didn't exist either. I'm sure somebody who owns a Subaru Forester STI will have something to tell us about that…

Anyway, the Tiguan is based on the same platform and comes with the same 200 hp turbo as the 2015 Audi Q3. And while it's about as pleasant to look at as a war wound, the turbo engine is currently the only one in this class.

In 2016, the Germans will start making another turbocharged crossover specifically designed for the US market at their factory in Chattanooga. Let's just hope they don't call that one "Hawkgoat"!

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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