How did the Volkswagen Tiguan get its Name?

By Product Expert | Posted in Volkswagen Tiguan on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at 12:50 pm
2021 Volkswagen Tiguan parked on flat desert ground

As a German automaker, Volkswagen has come out with a few names that make Americans scratch their heads. Sometimes, the names come from German words, sometimes they come from English words, and sometimes they’re totally made up. With the 2021 Volkswagen Tiguan, the name is mostly made up. To learn more about the name of the Tiguan and what it means, read the rest of this post or visit Joe Heidt Motors in Ramsey, New Jersey, today!

What Does the Name Tiguan Mean?

The origin of the name “Tiguan” is simpler than you might think. The word was made by mashing together the German words for “Tiger” and “Iguana.” It works just as well with the English words, so the explanation makes sense to most Americans, but why choose those animals?

Why Name a Car “Tiguan?”

It’s not hard to guess why a car company would want to use the word “Tiger” to help create a vehicle name. Tigers are powerful, fast, and beautiful. Plus, the revving of an engine is often compared to a feline purr.

2021 Volkswagen Tiguan exterior driving away on desert road
2021 Volkswagen Tiguan interior focus on shifter

Iguanas on the other hand are not associated with cars, but the name conveys the animal’s ability to climb and blend into surroundings, as well as its prehistoric reptilian appearance. It’s easy to match the Iguana’s climbing skills to the terrain capability of the Tiguan, but the creature’s sense of quiet mystery may also contribute to its name’s use.

Does the Volkswagen Tiguan have Other Names?

The name is consistent in multiple markets, but it has only been used for the last fourteen years. Before 2007, the Volkswagen Touareg occupied a similar place in the automaker’s lineup. The Touareg did not mash to existing words together to get its name, it instead borrows its name from a nomadic group of people from the Sahara desert. This makes the Tiguan name all the more unique, as so few Volkswagen models are named in a similar way.