Volkswagen has picked another tongue-twister name for an SUV. The VW Touareg's baby brother will be called the Tiguan -- pronounced "tih-gwan."
The moniker was chosen by 350,000 readers of Germany's Auto Bild weekly car magazine and its affiliate publications in 10 European countries. Tiguan was the choice from among five candidates. The others: Nanuk, Namib, Rockton and Samum.
What's a Tiguan? VW marketers made up the word, a combination of tiger and iguana.
The Tiguan will be based on the Concept A, a small SUV unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March. It will be built in Wolfsburg, Germany, and will go on sale in the United States in 2008.
In a press release, VW says, "Not only the vehicle but also the decision on the name is a brave journey into new terrain."
Wolfgang Bernhard, head of the VW brand, says the name is evidence "of how Volkswagen is opening up."