The CEO of Volkswagen Group of America says the brand would consider bringing the Amarok to America if the U.S. government gets rid of the “Chicken Tax.”
The 50-year-old truck tariff was created as a 25 percent tax on foreign pickup trucks in response to a heavy tax the European nations imposed on American chickens. As a result, the Chicken Tax has arguably contributed to rising truck prices due to the lack of market competition. For example, last year 1.9-million trucks were sold in the U.S. and only about 200 of them came from foreign soil.
“We do not have any plans to introduce a VW pickup in the U.S. market,” said Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group America. “But if there was no chicken tax, that would be a good time to reevaluate that.”
It’s always been a safe assumption that various automakers worldwide would bring their pickups to the American market if the tariff weren’t in place. The good news is, the U.S. government is considering anding it and is using it as leverage while negotiating free-trade agreements with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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[Source: Motor Trend]
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