Cars America Missed Out On: Volkswagen Amarok

Who would have ever thought VW could build one hell of a pickup truck?

You don’t even know you want it, but you do. And what’s even worse is that many people don’t even know it exists. That’s because Volkswagen, for a reason that doesn’t have a logical answer, opted not to sell its Amarok pickup in the US. As if the US doesn’t have a thing for pickup trucks, and big ones at that. Launched in 2010, the Amarok is a direct competitor to the likes of the Toyota Hilux (which you also can’t get stateside).

Power comes from either a turbocharged inline four or a twin-turbo diesel that produces 177 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque. Both engines can be paired to manual or automatic gearboxes. Yes, a diesel-powered truck with a six-speed manual. Designed by the same guy who penned the Audi A5, the Amarok also looks downright classy, combining a sense of elegance with an understated toughness. Despite a few pleas from truck enthusiasts, VW has absolutely no intention of ever selling this one in the US.

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