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Old 12-01-2009, 12:39 PM
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Images of the 2011 Volkswagen Amarok pickup truck leaked online Tuesday morning, nearly two weeks ahead of the vehicle’s official debut. Looking much like Volkswagen’s Concept Pickup shown over a year ago, the production model ditches the Ridgeline-like integrated body in favor of conventional body-on-frame construction with separate cab and box sections.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter common rail injection diesel motor, delivering 163 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. A more economical version rated at 122 hp and 250 lb-ft will be added to the lineup a few months after launch. Customers will be able to choose between all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive layouts. In the case of AWD, power is split 40-to-60 in favor of the rear wheels.

Production is expected to start later this year in Pacheco, Argentina, and the truck will be sold in South America, South Africa, Australia, as well as in some European countries. There are no known plans at this time for North American sales. That said, we can’t help but think a reasonably priced, fuel-efficient pickup could do well in the United States. Rumor has it VW dealers shot down any talk of American sales, expressing concerns over the materials and relatively low price point of the truck.

Volkswagen is planning to build about 90,000 units annually.
http://www.leftlanenews.com/volkswag...tml#more-23114

A truck like this with the diesel engine would sell like crazy here in the U.S.
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nice looking truck. the Tacoma needs more competitors
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Not bad looking. But I heard the Toureg was one of the worst rated vehicles recently and if this is similar to that then meh..
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interesting design, VW dealers should have allowed it to sale in the US. The Frontier and Tacoma could use the competition to drive down the prices. 28k for a top loaded Tacoma and 32k for a top loaded Frontier is outrageous.
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besides the head/taillights, this looks 15 years dated (outside & inside)
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Looks like a Ford Sport Trac.
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Is that another rebadged Frontier??
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Looks like it might melt in the sun.
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I would rock a diesel version of this.
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Is it just me or you can phonetically pronounce the truck's name as "Am A Rock" as in "Volkswagen Am A Rock". A jab at Ford, perhaps?
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Originally Posted by AsianRage View Post
Is it just me or you can phonetically pronounce the truck's name as "Am A Rock" as in "Volkswagen Am A Rock". A jab at Ford, perhaps?
I you refering the the Chevrolet Truck ads from years ago with the song and tagline "Like a Rock"?
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:39 PM
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I you refering the the Chevrolet Truck ads from years ago with the song and tagline "Like a Rock"?

:duh: Chevy's tagline is "Built Chevy tough" and Ford's is "Am a rock"
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That's what I thought of too right away, "I'm a rock" i.e. Ford's "like a rock" slogan.
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Funny, the name made me think of "Gorignak" the rock monster from Galaxy Quest (I don't know why....)
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Belzebutt View Post
That's what I thought of too right away, "I'm a rock" i.e. Ford's "like a rock" slogan.
You is confused
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Old 12-04-2009, 05:45 PM
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Originally Posted by sho_nuff1997 View Post
:duh: Chevy's tagline is "Built Chevy tough" and Ford's is "Am a rock"


I gotta get my slogans in order.

Good thing I never forget that "Honda: The ultimate driving machine"
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Originally Posted by Moog-Type-S View Post


I gotta get my slogans in order.

Good thing I never forget that "Honda: The ultimate driving machine"
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Originally Posted by Belzebutt View Post
That's what I thought of too right away, "I'm a rock" i.e. Ford's "like a rock" slogan.

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So many nice people here!
We used to have a couple of those.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:38 AM
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Originally Posted by imj0257 View Post
Not bad looking. But I heard the Toureg was one of the worst rated vehicles recently and if this is similar to that then meh..
not at all, this is far far down market. The Tuareg was up market...
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looks like rebadged frontier 4door
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You is confused
Me is playing word association game.
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Looks like a Ford Sport Trac.
My thoughts as well. It doesn't look German - it looks American.
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i like it.
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Good looking small trucks like this with diesel engines in the U.S......you think would be a no brainer.
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nice looking truck. the Tacoma needs more competitors
Like the Nissan Frontier(Which the surfacing is modeled after), or the Ford Explorer sportrack, Mitsu raider,Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Dodge Dakota and even the Beloved Tacoma ???

VW's are pieces of shit. Made in Mexico, with so- called "german engineering". I've owned 3, (1.8T, VR6 and a 2.0 gas.) all had problems, I spent more time working on them than driving them. I am so glad I bought an Acura.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:21 AM
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^^ My Acura had multiple transmissions made of glass....horrible paint & front brakes that had to be replaced at 10k miles. Acuras a horrible vehicles.

Blanket statement ignorance FTL.
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Coming to America?

When Volkswagen first revealed the production version of the 2011 Amarok pickup to the world at the 2010 Geneva Motor show, the automaker said that there would be no future for the truck in the U.S.

After its introduction rumors surfaced suggesting that the truck may still head to the U.S., only to be shot down by VW – citing the inability to support the 100,000 annual sales required in order for the truck to make sense.

Like a bad habit, this rumor just won’t go away – according to sources who spoke with Car and Driver, VW is rethinking their decision – citing their recent goals to vastly increase volume in the crucial North American market.

Rumor has it VW dealers shot down any talk of American sales, expressing concerns over the rugged and less-than-luxurious materials and relatively low price point of the truck. With the new rumor suggesting a revival, VW corporate may have decided that volume sales are more important than image. Furthermore, with the cheaper, more “American” Jetta on the way and the Ranger on its way out, VW may be realizing that the Amarok is better suited for the U.S. market now than ever.

The Amarock was designed primarily for South America and Russia, the body-on-frame Amarok promises to be a tough commercial-grade small pickup. Power comes from a 2.0-liter common rail injection diesel motor, delivering 163 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque.

A more economical version of the Amarok that will come rated at 122 hp and 250 lb-ft is set to be added to the lineup a few months after launch. Customers will be able to choose between all-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive layouts. In the case of AWD, power is split 40-to-60 in favor of the rear wheels.

Production is expected to start later this year in Pacheco, Argentina, and the truck will be sold in South America, South Africa, Australia, as well as in some European countries as of now.

Volkswagen is planning to build about 90,000 units annually
http://www.leftlanenews.com/volkswagen-amarok.html

A small DIESEL engine truck for the states......that's a no brainer.
Get it done!
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Rumor has it VW dealers shot down any talk of American sales, expressing concerns over the rugged and less-than-luxurious materials and relatively low price point of the truck.
the horror!!!
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I'm not a big fan of how it looks.
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A truck like this with the diesel engine would sell like crazy here in the U.S.
Or not.
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^^ You know any other small diesel engine trucks on the market in NA with 295 lb-ft of torque on tap?

methinks there is a big untapped market here.
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I know we all have our opinions, but I fell in love with this thing the first time I saw the pics. I don't see the ugly anywhere.
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For a small truck I like it....but more than the exterior design, I like the powerplant!!!
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If Honda can sell enough Ridgelines to justify the market, then I don't see how this won't sell.
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If Honda can sell enough Ridgelines to justify the market, then I don't see how this won't sell.
especially with the diesel offering.
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