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by Tim Beissmann

The 2011 Volkswagen Tiguan has gone on sale in Germany ahead of its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1.

A statement from Volkswagen in Germany said the sales schedule of the new Tiguan had been put forward several weeks due to sustained demand for the outgoing model resulted in it selling out.

Volkswagen has retained the price of the entry-level 90TSI Trend & Fun model (not sold in Australia) at 24,175 euros ($32,400).

Volkswagen Australia’s Nadine Nethery said the new Tiguan would arrive in local showrooms in the second half of 2011, but said full details of it launch, specifications and pricing were still to be revealed.

Despite the Tiguan shortage in Germany, she said Australian customers would still be able to purchase the outgoing model, but admitted that those with specific orders could be in for a wait.

“There is still stock around,”Ms Nethery said. “If you have a very definite idea of what you want that could mean some delay.”

Volkswagen is yet to reveal the full details of the new 2011 Tiguan, with all to be revealed at Geneva.

The new styling follows the direction of the updated Touareg and Passat, and is now also very similar to its sister car, the Audi Q5.

The current model Tiguan was initially launched in Australia in May 2008 and is one of the best compact SUVs on the market.

In 2010, Volkswagen Australia sold 6216 Tiguans, which represented 5.4 percent of the compact SUV market.

Sales in January 2011 were 53.6 percent below the same month in 2010, down from 809 to 375, as the launch of the new model approaches.

Read: Volkswagen Tiguan Reviews.




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