The Volkswagen Tiguan has moved to the front of VW’s class. The SUV is now the most successful model in the Volkswagen Group lineup and the best-selling SUV in Europe after completing its six millionth model sale.
The automaker produced around 910,000 Tiguans in 2019 and made it available for sale in 80 percent of the countries on Earth. That’s one unit rolling off the line every 35 seconds in a Volkswagen plant in Germany, Russia, China, and Mexico. It’s produced in four time zones on three continents.
To celebrate the sales milestone, Volkswagen teased a refreshed Tiguan, coming in 2020.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG
Volkswagen introduced the Tiguan at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in 2007, 58 years after the first Volkswagen was produced. Its first generation was a two-row variant that almost immediately proved popular. By 2011, VW had moved production of the model to over 500,000 per year.
In 2016, the second-generation model arrived and in 2017 an XL variant was made available that delivered three rows of seating. Additionally, the SUV’s new platform meant that it was roomier and safer than the previous generation. Over 55 percent of all Tiguans made today feature a third row of seating.
Buyers in the U.S. simply know the three-row Tiguan as the long version. In Europe it’s called the Tiguan Allspace and in China its the Tiguan L1.
VW added a plug-in hybrid electric version of the model to it’s lineup in China in 2019.
For the 2020 model year, the SUV will receive a mid-cycle refresh complete with major technical and visual updates including a PHEV model for Europe.
Earlier this month, Volkswagen offered up buyer profiles based on their Zodiac sign, saying that the Tiguan is perfect for a Taurus.