Volkswagen is boasting about the success of its global bestseller setting another new record, This spring in lean times for carmakers, the Volkswagen Tiguan broke the production barrier of six million units. A total of 910,926 units of the SUV were manufactured in 2019 alone.
This makes the Tiguan the best-selling car in the Volkswagen brand and Group. The versatile vehicle is available to buy in 80 er cent of all countries on earth. It is the most successful SUV on the market in Europe. Volkswagen says that the Tiguan is one of the three most popular sport utility vehicles in the world. It adds that it produces the top-selling model in four time zones across three continents.
On average, a brand new best-selling Tiguan rolled off the production line every 35 seconds in one of the company’s Tiguan factories last year. This fast rate of production reflects the rapid development of this product line.
The world première of the first generation of the SUV took place at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt back in 2007. Later that year, the first Tiguan came onto the market.
Since then, the newcomer has enjoyed a meteoric rise. A significantly updated version of the best-seller was unveiled in 2011. It was a resounding success, and annual Tiguan volume subsequently broke the 500,000 barrier for the first time.
The second generation of the Tiguan arrived on the market in April 2016. The SUV was now constructed using the Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB) for the first time. And this technical platform changed everything. Increased dynamic proportions provided the template for an authentic and energetic SUV design. The interior was considerably roomier owing to the extra wheelbase, while new assist systems enhanced the vehicle’s active safety.
The product line was revamped again in 2017 with the debut of a second Tiguan Model– an XL version with a wheelbase extended by 110 mm, up to seven seats, and a bespoke design. The new version of the vehicle body gave the product line another major boost – 55% of all Tiguan models leaving the production line now have a long wheelbase. In America, Volkswagen sells the second-generation Tiguan exclusively in its long version. On the European markets and in many other countries, the long wheelbase model was launched as the Tiguan Allspace.
Here in Ireland, the Tiguan was the 4th most popular model in Ireland in 2019, with 2.73 per cent market share and it made up 23.7 per cent of Volkswagen sales in Ireland which was the first time the Golf hasn’t been the brand’s top seller for many years.
Over two generations, the Tiguan has developed into one of the most successful sport utility vehicles in the world. As I write, Volkswagen is preparing to launch the next chapter of the Tiguan success story with a major technical and visual update in 2020. One of the highlights which is a near-production concept version will be a new additional variant with a plug-in hybrid drive2 (PHEV) for Europe.