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Old September 14th, 2011, 06:10   #766
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Default An Amarok in the USA?

Found this interesting on Fuelly this morning. There are 7 Amarok's listed in the site and this one shows it is owned in the USA.

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Old September 14th, 2011, 22:13   #767
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When I was in Sweden a month ago I got to see a amarok in the flesh

It's roughly the same size as a Ford sporttrac, it's the perfect size
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Old September 15th, 2011, 06:19   #768
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Production is at capacity on this platform. They need another factory before they can possibly expand sales to NA. Here is an Australian article (Sidney Morning Herald) describing a new 8sp non-DSG version. Unlike DSG, it has a standard torque converter, so it will be much more robust. Tragically, if the Amarok does come here, it may have only the DSG, or the new slushbox, but no MT (just like the massive NA Ford, GM, Chevy, Dodge pickups-auto trans only). I like the DSG in my JSW, but 6MT makes so much more sense for a pickup. I'd still buy it, and frankly, rather not have the DSG in an Amarok anyway. The new 8 speed auto would be an improvement.
Drive:VW Amarok to get 8-spd auto
I continue to be hopeful.

By the way Coolbreeze- That Amarok on Fuelly (Nuppika) that indicates USA location is actually in Finland. Teemu loves it.
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Old September 17th, 2011, 17:16   #769
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It doesn't make sense for them to import any vans or light trucks because of the Chicken Tax tariffs, which are 25%.
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Old September 17th, 2011, 22:07   #770
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I want this truck Vw Saveriro, If I saw this truck in the in a dealership I would buy it on the spot.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 05:58   #771
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It doesn't make sense for them to import any vans or light trucks because of the Chicken Tax tariffs, which are 25%.

Thats the beauty of having a Tennessee manufacturing plant. Now VW can send the kits to the Tennessee and "manufacture" them here in the USA.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 07:12   #772
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Production is at capacity on this platform. They need another factory before they can possibly expand sales to NA. Here is an Australian article (Sidney Morning Herald) describing a new 8sp non-DSG version. Unlike DSG, it has a standard torque converter, so it will be much more robust.
Apparently the same 8-spd as in the Touareg with the V6 TDI. By all accounts a rugged unit that will give good mileage in the "over-drive" gears. The Touareg folks haul some big trailers with this and the V6 TDI.

And 7.6 L/100km in the Euro cycle is excellent, with *now* 420 N-m low-end torque (310 ft-lbs @ 1500-2000?, must be the Bi-Turbo). Hwy mileage would maybe be 6.6 L/100km, same as the Uni-turbo with the 6spd manual?

Although I've given up waiting and gone to the 2011 Ford Ecoboost, if the Amarok shows up in a few years I'd switch over as I'd rather have that mileage and don't need all the F150 Ecoboost's 11,500# tow capacity.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 17:44   #773
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Production is at capacity on this platform. They need another factory before they can possibly expand sales to NA.
Need to expand into another plant? How about Chattanooga? I understand they have enough land to set up an indentical sized plant to what they have originally built.
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I want this truck Vw Saveriro, If I saw this truck in the in a dealership I would buy it on the spot.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 20:24   #775
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I would rather have the full blown truck than another car with a cut off rear end. Probably not a big enough bed to use for hauling lawn needs or enough of a towing capacity to make it any better than my JSW.
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Old September 19th, 2011, 00:22   #776
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It doesn't make sense for them to import any vans or light trucks because of the Chicken Tax tariffs, which are 25%.
Europe has a 22% import tariff for light trucks. Yet we get Amaroks (made in Argentina!) and Japanese trucks and Ford Rangers (made in Thailand).
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Old September 19th, 2011, 03:23   #777
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I want this truck Vw Saveriro, If I saw this truck in the in a dealership I would buy it on the spot.
I'm all for us getting a VW truck, but this? Remember the suburu outback pickup? Same ball game. Which I never liked el camino's or ranchero's. Looks like a car with an identity crisis!
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Old September 19th, 2011, 04:33   #778
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Old September 19th, 2011, 05:59   #779
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My wife has actually given me the OK to purchase this truck, if it ever makes it to the US.
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Need to expand into another plant? How about Chattanooga? I understand they have enough land to set up an indentical sized plant to what they have originally built.
VW has assembly in South Africa. South Africa is exempt from Chicken Tax tariff so Amarok could be assembled there and imported to Canada and US.
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