I just read a piece about the Touareg being overengineered.
I know that the term “over engineered” is supposed to mean that something is over complicated... But it’s a misnomer.
An LS is over engineered. The MK1 Touareg was under-engineered... To overengineer something is to make it way too robust for an application. Say, like using a 50W resistor in a circuit with 4W. It’s unnecessary and just increases cost.
If anything, a well engineered device is not over complicated. Over complicating stuff is expensive, and if complications are not necessary, they should be avoided like a plague. How can the Touareg be used as an example of over-engineering if maintenance is so hard?
Also, Piech is overrated. He seems more like a Human Resources nightmare than any sort of brilliant businessman or car geek.