Entry-level VW crossover for US to be badged a Taos

The United States misses out on the compact T-Roc crossover SUV, but local Volkswagen fans can look forward to a similar sized offering from the German automaker in the coming year.

The new compact crossover will be called the Taos, VW said Thursday, and the covers will come off October 13.

Volkswagen crossover teaser

The name comes from the town of Taos, New Mexico, which in addition to a rich history is known for its artist community, ski resort, and nearby landscapes that range from plains to the Rio Grande Gorge and Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Teaser shots provide a glimpse of the Taos. The vehicle is expected to be based on the Tharu compact crossover sold in China and Russia. The Tharu spans 175.3 inches in length, with a generous 105-inch wheelbase, has up to 54 cubic feet of storage and is fitted with the choice of 1.2-,

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10 Special Edition Nissan Z Cars: Quick, Luxurious, and Unusual

Over the years, the regular Zs have been special enough, but occasionally Nissan built (or collaborated with a company who could build) some special, limited-edition models. Rare, interesting, and definitely unique, these run the gamut from go-fast specials to luxury cosmetic packages. Take a trip through Nissan’s special Z car history with us.

1970 240Z Fairlady Z432/Z432R

The original 240Z’s inline-six was potent enough for the period, but no one could blame Nissan for trying to hot-rod. That’s exactly what the Z432 is. Under the hood is an S20 engine making 158 horsepower. That engine was pulled directly out of the legendary, range-topping Skyline 2000GT-R, giving it even more mystique. It could rev out to 7,000 RPM, wild for the time. The “432” part of the name refers to its four valves per cylinder, triple carburetors, and twin camshafts, respectively. Extremely rare

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