During the Sao Paulo International Auto Show in Brazil, Volkswagen officials confirmed that the firm's forthcoming pickup truck that was revealed in concept form at the IAA commercial vehicle show in Hannover in September will go on sale in Europe in 2010. In an interview with Autonews at the Sao Paulo motorshow, "VW do Brasil" CEO Thomas Schmall said the pickup's main markets will be Brazil, Argentina, South Africa and Australia. The German company also said it has no plans to export the pickup truck to the U.S. market. -Continued
The 5,180mm long, 1,900mm wide pickup is based on a new platform and power is expected to be provided from a variety of TDI turbo diesel engines. The vehicle will be built at Volkswagen's Pacheco site in Argentina starting from fall 2009. In Europe the yet to be named pickup truck will compete against the Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota HiLux.
The Pickup will also be available in
At the Hannover Show, VW previewed a four-door, four-seat version of its 1-tonne pickup truck specially designed as a “Search and Rescue” version (SAR) for protecting swimmers and surfers from worst case scenarios.
Volkswagen claims that this is the first pickup of this sort from any high-volume European automotive manufacturer and that the 5.18 meter long concept vehicle with the 1.55 meter long cargo bed is not based on any familiar model series of the Group. Power comes from the German automaker's latest generation common-rail turbo-diesels (TDI) though VW did not give out any other specific details on the powertrain options.
In terms of design, the Pickup follows the new VW-DNA initially presented by the company’s passenger car division in the form of the Scirocco and the sixth generation Golf though we must say that the German automaker's design team must have taken a sneak peek at the Honda Ridgeline when they were styling pickup's rear-end.