The origin of Volkswagen brand's sport utility vehicle history centers on the Type 181 (known in the United States as the Volkswagen Thing). A rear-engined vehicle built from the West German Army, the bizarre Thing has garnered a cult following. Roughly 20 years after production for the Volkswagen Thing concluded, the German auto company began selling a new, more refined sport utility called the Touareg. Equipped with standard all-wheel drive, the Volkswagen Touareg is geared to a premium crossover crowd. Serving in a segment below the Touareg, Volkswagen added the Tiguan to attract a broader market. Along with gasoline powerplants, the Volkswagen sport utility vehicle line has utilized TDI diesel as well as hybrid powertrains.