NICE, France – If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Then beat ’em. That explains Volkswagen AG’s new attitude toward hybrid-electric vehicles as it continues the rollout of its core-brand Touareg Hybrid midsize cross/utility vehicle. As recently as 2005, hybrid technology was derided as “nonsense” by VW’s then-CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder, a major diesel endorser. VW continues to be a leader in diesel technology, but with its mission to become the world’s top auto maker, it now embraces ...

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