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23rd September, 2010

With the Amarok, Volkswagen is readying for the local arrival of a new utility which is planned to 'hit' the Australian market in the first quarter of 2011.

The TDI engines of the Volkswagen Amarok all boosted by direct injection set a good standard when it comes to fuel economy and emissions. The ute's active and passive safety systems and convenience features all fulfil low-end passenger car standards. Many of the technologies implemented in the Amarok are being used for the first time in the mid-size ute segment, including a bi-turbo charged, 120 kW diesel engine in the Amarok TDI400. In terms of its space, load area width and height, cargo loading abilities and payload capacity, the new Amarok is expected to be competitive against the traditional leaders in the very competitive "Japanese" ute market segment. Towing capacity will be an issue for the new Volkswagen Amarok though, with expectations that the new ute from South America will be well below the class leaders.

The Volkswagen Amarok begins its market 'career' as a four-door Dual Cab with space for five adults. In both concept and style, the Amarok is clearly influenced by the new Volkswagen Design 'DNA'. This is reflected in its typical emphasis of horizontal lines, in the interplay of body surfaces and precision of its workmanship. Specifically, one of the most prominent identifying features is the visual unit formed by the horizontal headlights and radiator grille with its louvres and decorative trim accents. The cleanly sculpted curvatures of the Amarok's side body panels and bonnet give it the typical rugged style of a ute. The Amarok's interior dimensions make it one of the most spacious ute in its class. Easy entry, a generous seating layout and lots of head room characterise the workspace behind the wheel. Ample leg room on the rear bench also makes the Amarok a fully fledged five-seater. When only two persons are onboard,the fold-up rear seat and folding backrest increase interior cargo space.

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The load area of the Amarok Dual Cab measures 1,555 mm long by 1,620 mm wide, yielding a load area of 2.52m2. And that's not all. The ute's maximum load width of 1,222 mm between the wheel wells. For the first time on a mid-size ute it is possible to load Euro pallets (1.2 x 0.8 m) sideways, a space-saving feature. It is easy to transport sports equipment like motor bikes as well as bulky machinery, thanks to its large dimensions, load sill height of 780 mm and payload capacity of up to 1.0 metric tonnes. Four lashing 'eyes' at the corners of the load area secure cargo during the drive.

The safety package of the Amarok includes driver and front passenger airbags, there are also front seat head/thorax airbags. Side curtain airbags are not available. Also included are height-adjustable head restraints and three-point safety belts at all seating positions.

Numerous other features provide a level of active safety as well. For example, the Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP) is standard equipment. Another feature contributing to safety is "Off-Road Mode" activated by the press of a button which is enabled up to a vehicle speed of 130 km/h. In this mode, the ESP system, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Anti- Slip Regulation (ASR) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) are all tuned for challenging off-road conditions.

Full specifications and pricing of the Volkswagen Amarok will be released at the local launch in the first quarter of 2011.


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