US: Pleas for Fed help continue

US automakers’ efforts to get federal assistance to help them through the current period of financial turmoil and flagging sales are expected to resume an urgent pace after Tuesday’s elections, a Detroit newspaper said. Meanwhile, parts makers have joined the automakers – and dealers – seeking help from the government.

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2008 Volkswagen Touareg

2008 Volkswagen Touareg
2008 Volkswagen Touareg - Volkswagen Midsize SUV Review - Automobile Magazine
The whole car has an overall sense of refinement, it coming out of VW’s We’re-just-as-good-as-Mercedes era, a period which also produced the Phaeton luxury car.

For me, the Touareg has always been something of a disappointment – a car without a purpose. It’s neither as sporty as its European competition (BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML) nor as useful, practical, and functional as the American SUVs that it was patterned after. Poor sight lines, a relatively space-inefficient interior, and a lackluster powertrain compound the problem. The engine lacks torque down low – it’s not helped by the Touareg’s substantial heft – but frustatingly, the six-speed automatic downshifts as if its innards were mired in molasses. The adjustable suspension (Sport/Automatic/Comfort) alternates between wallowy and painfully brittle, and finding pavement that the Touareg actually liked was something of a challenge.

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