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Quite possibly, according to remarks by Volkswagen of Canada’s Media Relations Manager, Thomas Tetzlaff.
Following on from the crew-cab version, Volkswagen has now shown a regular cab model of its Amarok light-duty pickup. Although VW still calls it a design study, expect a production version to look very similar when it goes on sale sometime in 2011.
For commercial buyers, in many respects the regular cab Amarok makes more sense than the crew cab does. For starters it has a 26-inch longer bed, allowing them to haul more stuff, but the best part? Equipped with a standard 2.0 liter four cylinder diesel engine it’s said to deliver up to 34.1 miles per gallon, while generating 122 horsepower and 250 lb-ft.
VW execs continue to deny rumors that the Amarok is headed for North American dealerships, which is a shame because we have to think it would find ready market starved for quality compact trucks.
[Source: Pickup trucks.com]
Despite reports to the contrary, Volkswagen continues to insist that the Amarok pickup truck will not see duty in the U.S. In a recent interview with Gilberto dos Santos, VW Brasil’s PR boss, InsideLine states that there is no plan to bring the German pickup to North America.
“Volkswagen is not planning currently to market the Amarok in the U.S.. It is destined for South America, Europe, Russia, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Capacity of the General Pacheco manufacturing plant in Argentina is 100,000 units yearly, and the planned demand will be fully met. Other markets such as the U.S. and Asia are not in the company’s plans.”
There’s still hope for Amarok fans in the U.S. however, as it’s certainly seems like a strange decision for VW to not bring a pickup to the world’s largest pickup market – especially when VW is trying to hard to expand its product base here. And with VW already having a strong diesel following and room for a diesel truck in the market that isn’t a Heavy Duty rig, it seems like bringing the Amarok here would be a wise decision.
Plus, with the Amarok being built in South America it doesn’t face the prohibitive cost factor of the Euro, which stops so many high-performance VW products from crossing the pond.
The earlier Car & Driver report had indicated that the Amarok would not see U.S. shores any time soon. Perhaps that’s a hint that we’ll have to wait for the second generation of the truck. Or perhaps it’s just until Volkswagen can accommodate for sufficient supply.
Currently the Amarok is being offered with a small turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder that makes 160-hp and 295 ft-lbs of torque.