• Feb 20, 2008
Despite what the truck in these photos looks like, it is not a Toyota Hilux rebadged by Volkswagen. No, according to The Car Connection, it's a Toyota Hilux body atop Volkswagen's upcoming Robust pickup. And before you VW fans get too excited, it is not intended for sale in the States. But truck shoppers in South America and Africa will be able to choose between a V6 or common rail diesel in both 2WD and 4WD versions.
[Source: The Car Connection via The German Car Blog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Usualy, modern Argentinians pick-ups are sold Diesel only...
      the Ranger and Hilux have 3.0 diesel with around 140+ HP.
      (Maybe petrol ones are produced for export only...I 'm not sure... but this country never made a V6 engine car or truck)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Robust or RPU (Robust Pick Up) as its internally known by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles the brand developing this vehicle is aimed at Europe, African, Asia, Oceania and South American regions.

      It will borrow from the Crafter the new 2.5 TDI common rail diesels.

      VWCV Australia's boss Phil Clark also requested that a Cab Chassis program be implemented into RPU.

      It is unknown at this stage whether VWCV are doing this.

      Also in South America a rumour broke that a Hilux Surf like vehicle may be produced on the same platform and is either codenamed or to be called 'Namib'.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's a Hilux to me, the taped logo on the front has an oval shape, not a round one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would anyone want a fuel efficient, light duty, mid-sized diesel pickup in the States?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is a Hilux body on a different chassis, i should know I work on Hilux's almost every day. this looks like a rised body Hilux but only has 5 wheel studs where it should have 6 and when on earth does a Toyota look like a Tata. hope this thing comes to South Africa it could out sell Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      And why should VW try to sell pickup trucks in the US? It's only the largest market in the world for such trucks.

      There have been steady complaints in this blog about the loss of a truly small pickup for the US market. As a truck it falls under different safety and emission rules. It is produced in a 3rd world country. So why should VW try to sell it here?

      It's too cheap?
      It's too easy to federalize?
      They would sell too many of them?

      I'm sure VOA has made an air tight case against it and is satisfied with its glorious entry in the minivan market. To call them idiots would insult those truly worth of such moniker.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mehul ........... Your Not Alone Me to
      Skip the Hailux Part...........
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw some VW-badged Toyota pickups on my last trip to Europe in October. They looked like the older 89-95 pickups that were sold here, with the exception of having a bed that had the external tiedowns like the early 80's models did.

      So I guess it's not overly surprising to me to see a rebadged Hilux.

      I could only wish to have a diesel Hilux to replace my gas hog '99 Dakota 4x4 V8...
      • 6 Years Ago
      @Andrew DeBellis

      yeah, i did jakoff. I passed 3rd grade, unlike you apparently. I said it "would" be cool, as in, it would be cool if the DID sell it.

      I'll try to be more exact for you in the future.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As cool as it would be to have a German pick-up in the States, it probably wouldn't sell at all.

        • 6 Years Ago
        did you even read the 3 sentences? they will not be on sale in the states.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a seriously wide track on that thing- the wheels stick out a good bit past the Toyota fenders. the front crossmember is significantly different from the Toyota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      For south america, It'll be built in Pacheco's plant, in Argentina. (The Hilux is built in Argentina too)
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