Europe’s largest carmaker, Volkswagen Ag., is launching production of its Amarok light commercial pickup at the Hanover plant in Germany.
It is planned to produce approximately 40,000 Amarok in a full production year, for delivery to customers in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa. Production at the Pacheco site in Argentina will be concentrating on deliveries to Latin America and South America in future.
The vehicle comes with a payload capacity of up to 1.15 tones and maximum towing limit of 2.8 tones. It also features a 2.52 m² cargo area that is claimed to have the largest dimensions in its class at 1,555 mm long and 1,620 mm wide, plus a best in class width between the wheelarches of 1,222 mm.
Riding on a ladder frame chassis, the Amarok offers full-time all-wheel drive, switchable all-wheel drive, or rear-wheel drive. The switchable all-wheel drive system uses a positive clutch that is activated via the push of a button.
Power is provided by two turbo-diesel engines, the first a bi-turbo 2.0 TDI diesel engine developing 120kW and 400Nm of torque, and the second a smaller diesel producing 90kW and 250Nm of torque.
Fuel consumption for the 2.0 litre is listed at just 7.8 l/100km, the smaller diesel achieving a similar 7.6 l/100km fuel economy.
Amarok output began at the Volkswagen Argentina SA plant in Pacheco in November 2009.