Volkswagen Tiguan - 2008
Volkswagen Tiguan - 2008
European manufacturers, with their longer product cycles, have been slow to recognize the segment but are giving it more attention. VW is making a big U.S. sales push, but so far Tiguan is only a niche player with 20,946 sold last year. The name reputedly is a contraction of "tiger" for speed and power, and "iguana" for toughness. Who knew?

Last updated June 29 2011: 8:18 AM ET
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