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Volkswagen announced that will build a new pickup truck in Argentina before the end of the year aimed at export markets starting in the first quarter of 2010.

Reuters, citing Ronnie Frost, a director for public affairs at Volkswagen Argentina, says the Amarok, which competes with pick-ups from Toyota and Nissan in this segment, will be primarily exported to Brazil, Germany, South Africa and Australia.

The VW Amarok was unveiled as a concept in 2008. The Amarok range will consist of single cab and double cab, combined with either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, and powered by Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI) diesel engines. VWCV considers the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara and Mitsubishi Triton to be Amarok competitors.

Vw pickup will be produced in the plant in General Pacheco, Argentina for South American, Russian, South African, Australian and European markets.[5]

It is expected to produce 100,000 Amaroks once production is at full capacity.