Here’s a quick shot of the new Volkswagen Amarok during its scrutineering. The Amarok is making its world debut at the “Dakar”. For the first time the pickup that is manufactured in Argentina will be seen in public. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles provides the four-wheel drive pickup not only to the Volkswagen team. In 2010 the Amarok is the official Support Vehicle of the Dakar Rally and the organiser A.S.O. In addition to its standard off-road capabilities, four of the Amarok from the A.S.O. fleet of 20 vehicles receive additional off-road conversions for the endurance mission at the “Dakar”. While driving the special stages – including desert sand dunes, rough gravel stretches and water passages – special modifications are necessary. After the “Dakar” the pickup will first be launched in South America and then in Europe.
“The Amarok is Volkswagen’s answer to the pickup and on the Dakar Rally – one of the last adventures for mankind – it will have the chance to show what it’s made of and to demonstrate its flexibility and durability,” says Stephan Schaller, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. “Moreover, the Volkswagen Amarok is built in Argentina and South America is one of the most important markets for this product, so taking part in the 2010 Dakar Rally was an absolute must for us,” stresses Schaller.
The service Amarok are equipped with an additional luggage compartment under a hardtop cover in the cargo area.