• Jan 30, 2008
A couple of spy shots have been circulating the web today, purportedly confirming that Volkswagen is indeed developing a pickup truck. The Toyota Hilux shaped mule is sporting registration plates from Brunswig, Germany, where most of VW's test vehicles originate.
Thankfully, Mr. Levine over at PickupTruck.com has parsed out all the possibilities for the new V-dub and has come away with two separate speculations. The first is that Volkswagen is going to sell a rebadged Hilux as its own, something that it's done in the past when it partnered with Toyota to produce the Hilux-based Taro from 1989 to 1994. The other possibility is that VW is using the Hilux body panels as camo, with an original platform underneath.

World Car Fans believes the latter and expects the truck to go on sale towards the end of 2009, initially in Europe and South American and powered by either a gasoline or diesel mill, with the possibility of VW introducing the pickup to buyers in the U.S. at a later date.

[Source: Pickuptruck.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      "Taro?"

      By a strange coincidence, Honda will market the A-BAT in Germany as the "Kartoffel."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whaaa? A VeeDub pick up? Someone needs to sell an actual "small" truck in the US so it would be welcomed in the market, I think.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A VW pick-up is going to be builded in Argentina at the end of 2009. I heard it's a mid-size (Small for US standars) so maybe is this one. (The Hilux is also produced in Argentina)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I had always thought that the quirky VW nomenclature was something fairly recent - starting with the Phaeton from 5 or 6 years ago, and more recently the Tiguan, Routan, and Touareg. Now I learn that 20 years ago they named a truck after a potato-like vegetable.

      I think VW should show their cars more respect and start slapping alpha-numerics on the backs of their vehicles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      forget north america - make it small/medium and sell it in india and china
      • 6 Years Ago
      if VW could come out with a small diesel powered truck in the 15-20k range it will sell TONS. smaller then the Colorado/Dakota. like what small trucks USE to be. offer FWD and 4wd versions. goldmine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Be nice, but it'll never happen. A 1990 sized mini truck is not going to pass the modern crash tests.

        Build a heavy crumple frame and thicker doors and so forth so it does and you have a Colorado. Same size interior, same size bed, 15" longer, another 600 pounds, and a G from the IIHS.


      • 6 Years Ago
      When they release the rutabaga, let me know.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Don't hold out any hope for seeing this in the U.S. I don't know why anyone would even speculate it. A small pickup truck like that, like it as we may, would not fit in with VW's U.S. product plans and would most certainly be for the middle east, asia and central and south american markets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I for one would love a 35-40mpg small truck. Make mine a 2.0L 4cyl Diesel - 6 speed DSG... for me it only needs to be able to carry two dirtbikes in the back and two people with gear in the front.
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