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Due out 2010..Dual Cab 4x4 Ute.

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by back street bessie, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    My sincere apologies to anyone I've insulted here by my previous post...:cry:

    I seem to have generalised way to much in my quick job descriptions...

    I was, (less than effectively), just trying to state that I do think the market potential for this VW is actually very large.


    And yes, I too drive a Kombi, and it does get comments on building sites! :)
     
  2. emby

    emby Active Member

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    No worries Grantus. Me having a bad month :( .

    I hate my job sometimes. My oldies told me when I was working on sites..."you can't do this for ever, you need to get a career". Knowing what I know now I wish I'd been a sparky instead.:umm:
     
  3. 79_micro_bus

    79_micro_bus Member

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    Hopefully it can take 1 tonne in the back and will therefore be exempt from FBT so we can all lease one in pre tax dollars !!!
     
  4. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Not an admirer of this sort of vehicle - if it was lower to the ground then it may appeal to me.
     
  5. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    Volkswagen have confirmed that the Amarok will be released in the second half of next year .... I can't say that I like the name much!


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    "This is Europe’s answer to the Toyota HiLux, one of Australia’s most popular vehicles.

    It’s Volkswagen’s Amarok, the first one-tonne ute to be developed in Germany.

    The Amarok will be built in Argentina from early next year and will arrive in Australia in the second half of 2010, although it will initially be available only as diesel four-door ute with a manual transmission.

    The Amarok isn’t expected to launch a full-scale assault on the HiLux’s dominance of the market until 2011, when automatic, single cab and petrol versions will arrive. The automatic is likely to be a dual-clutch version, as seen on existing Volkswagen commercial vans.

    Four-dour (‘dual cab’) one-tonne utes have become increasingly popular in Australia, with many buyers using them as a work vehicle during the week and a family or recreational vehicle on the weekends.

    Roughly one is six vehicles sold in Australia is a ute of some sort, making the utility market the second largest segment in Australia, behind small cars.

    The HiLux has topped the monthly sales charts more than once, outselling the Holden Commodore and Toyota’s own Corolla small car.

    The arrival of the Amarok is likely to cement Volkswagen’s position as one of the leading brands in the country after spectacular growth in the past five years. Since 2004, the maker’s local sales have more than tripled.

    The car maker already has a strong range of vans in Australia, supported by an extensive network specialising in commercial vehicle sales. The Amarok features a horizontal-style grille that gives it a family resemblance to VW’s SUVs and passenger cars.

    The new ute is likely to be sold on safety, fuel efficiency and Volkswagen’s trademark quality cabins. The cabin borrows several styling cues from the VW passenger car range, including a digital read-out in between the tacho and the speedo, louvered air-conditioning vents and heavily bolstered seat cushions.

    Detailed specifications won’t be released until nearer the launch, but the South American version is being launched with stability control and four airbags as standard equipment. Australia is likely to match or better that level of safety equipment.

    Two engines will be available from launch: a 120kW 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel that generates 400Nm of torque from just 1500rpm and a 90kW four-cylinder TDI with 340Nm of torque.

    Both engines are paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, and the 90kW engine uses just 7.6 litres per 100km (7.8L/km for the 120kW engine). Volkswagen says the vehicle’s 80-litre petrol tank is capable of producing a range in excess of 1000km.

    The Amarok will be offered in rear-wheel drive, switchable all-wheel drive and full-time four-wheel drive for off-road applications. The off-road versions will be fitted with a stability control system tailored to work better on loose surfaces, and low-range gearing. The system also has hill descent control and hill hold function.

    An optional rear-differential lock is available on all variants.

    The Amarok is likely to be offered in three variants: a base model with rudimentary equipment, including wind-up windows, a Trendline with electric windows, climate control and alloy wheels, and a Highline with 17-inch wheels, leather accents, a premium sound system and automatic climate control.

    Volkswagen claims the Amarok will have the largest interior space and cargo area in its class, with the biggest space between wheel wells. The 5.25m truck will have a payload of up to 1.15 tonnes and a towing capacity of up to 2.8 tonnes.

    Volkswagen spokesman Karl Gehling says the Amarok should appeal to both tradespeople and families.

    “It gives us a great chance to increase our sales in what is a volume segment of the market. People are buying these types of vehicles because they’re suitable for both work and the family. They have all the practicality of a four-wheel-drive SUV,” he says.

    Gehling says the only hurdle to the success of the vehicle will be possible supply issues.

    “Our volume will come down to supply. We will be one of the first markets with the vehicle, but there will be a lot of demand worldwide,” he says."

    from The Age newspaper:
    http://theage.drive.com.au/motor-news/volkswagen-unveils-its-hilux-fighter-20091202-k56g.html
     
  6. Van Housing

    Van Housing Well-Known Member

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    I Amarok, I am an island .....

    The name "Amarok" (which to me sounds too much like "anorak" ;)) was apparently chosen by the commercial branding agency Interbrand:


    "The word Amarok means "arctic wolf" and is taken from the language of the Inuit people of northern Canada and Greenland. The Inuit consider the wolf to be the king of the wilderness. A symbol of power, ruggedness, endurance, and predominance, Amarok excellently fits the character of the 5.20-meter long impressive pickup.

    Volkswagen sought Interbrand’s competencies to develop a name that was usable internationally, both to trademark and for linguistic coherency. "We succeeded in developing an animal name that fits the car and was available for worldwide trademark, as animals always have clear associations with definitive characteristics,” explains Stefanie Roshop, who led the project at Interbrand. “Apart from the actual meaning, the name’s tonality also gives an impression of strength and tenacity.”

    The associations continue: The name alludes to Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg. In romance languages, Amarok can be also understood to mean a person who loves rocks. "How much more can a name say “off-road”?", added Roshop. "

    :rolleyes:

    from:
    http://www.interbrand.com/press_release.aspx?langid=1000&pressid=286


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  7. Radar15

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    I would buy it If I had the money and their was no early bay utes for sale.
     
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  8. Thomas

    Thomas New Member

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    Damn it, we just named my girlfriend's Arctic Wolf - Amarok woulda been perfect!
    (its actually a white swiss shepherd - they look the same as arctic wolves).
     
  9. Simon123

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    Shame they aren't releasing a single cab version (that i know of??). i reckon that would look alot better and would appeal to the tradesmen more.
     
  10. 66 deluxe

    66 deluxe New Member

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    I want a w8 twin turbo diesel one c'mon VW.
     
  11. Necro

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    I think I'll keep Brutus...

    That looks like an ashtray with wheels...
    Seriously what could you put in that tray....???
     
  12. StevieVW

    StevieVW Well-Known Member

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    Top gear will have to see if it's as 'unbreakable' as a 'lux!

    I think I'll stick with my cruiser tow vehicle for now, the once every 2-3 weeks use doesn't justify a big $$ VW tow vehicle, cool as bragging rights might be...
     
  13. Timma

    Timma Member

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    ....well, I like it :)
     
  14. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    I've only just found these whilst looking for a new ute for one of my guys. (he's getting a great wall! Don;t like him enough for an Amorak!)
    They look great though, I definately want one!
    http://www.volkswagen-amarok.com.au/
    Might have to write the hilux off!
     
  15. teeveezed

    teeveezed Member

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    Amarok, sounds like anorak!

    Like the look of it though.
     
  16. Wodewick

    Wodewick New Member

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    He's getting a Great Wall

    Gee 68BUS, you must really dislike him.:lol:
     
  17. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    You should see the state he has left the Hilux I gave him. Booked it in for a service and swapped for my car and drove it. Felt a lot like flogging a dead horse.

    BTW - Anyone like to buy a old hilux, nice patina, reminants of old signwriting.....
     
  18. TheYorkieBar

    TheYorkieBar Active Member

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    What are the listing at $$$?
     
  19. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Been articles in Qld Courier Mail on these and info on VW site still limited.

    Report said they will come in 4x2 and 4x4 Dual Cab & Single Cab but intial release is the DC 4x4 with starting price I think around the $40k + ORC. 4x2 SC was touted at being $35k + ORC when it is released. Not sure why they go the top end first and follow 6 months later with entry level - oh and they said it will have rubber floor mats which gets my vote.

    As always make inquiry to nearest dealer for test drive and $$$$.
     
  20. back street bessie

    back street bessie Active Member

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    Time to trade the thirsty old Jeep in for some VW action i reckon...i better run that idea by the girls first:rolleyes:
     

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