The Volkswagen Tiguan was introduced to the world in production form back at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, over six years later, Volkswagen has built its one millionth Tiguan unit, a white R-Line model with a 1.4- liter TSI engine rated at 160 horsepower. This milestone, while respectable in its own right, shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise to those whole follow Volkswagen closely. The Tiguan is considered to be a pillar in Volkswagen’s lineup and production mirrors that as 1,000 units of the compact crossover are built every day.
Even after being on the market for six years, the Volkswagen Tiguan continues to lead the way for the German automaker in markets like Europe, Russia, China, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. Volkswagen cleans up with the Tiguan in Germany but it’s not seen the same way here in the States. Over here, the Tiguan has to compete with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and the Ford Escape. However, pricing of the Tiguan in the United States tends to scare off customers and send them running elsewhere. You can snag a Tiguan for $23,820, which is very attractive, and that’ll bring a six-speed manual transmission and the 200 horsepower engine along with it. However, if you want any options or even an automatic transmission, that will push the compact crossover’s price over $30,000 quickly.
Perhaps the most astonishing bit of this whole milestone is that the Tiguan is still in its first generation of production. The Tiguan underwent a facelift before going forward with the 2012 model year variant but that’s about the extent of changes made to Volkswagen’s smaller crossover. The second generation Tiguan is expected to be ready by the end of 2014 with the performance-oriented R-Line rumored to include the Golf R’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 rated at 280-hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The next Volkswagen Tiguan is also believed to be lighter and bigger inside, which should help the German automaker inch closer to its goal of becoming the biggest automaker in the world by 2018.