• Mar 10, 2008
See that drawing in the right corner of the pic? That's an official VW render of the company's new pickup, internally called the Robust. It's hanging at an event called ExpoAgro in Argentina, where the truck will be built. The banner on the left says "The VW pickup for the field." VW isn't playing around with the model, either, having invested a billion pesos into its Pacheco factory to get ready for the vehicle's 2009 or 2010 launch.

The render presents a neat profile that looks low to the ground -- more ute than pickup really, much like the VW Rabbit pickup from almost three decades ago. We do find the rear sloping roof a bit odd, seeing that it would eat into quite a bit of bed space if the line continued into the bed. But it's just a render, so we don't want to read too much into it. With carmakers putting fake interiors in test mules nowadays, for all we know, the Robust render could also be a hat, or a brooch, or a pterodactyl.

[Source: Argentina Auto Blog]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice job slipping in an Airplane reference!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Google VW Argentina and see what other VW vehicles they have in that country, Caddy Van, Transporter, Multivan, Saveiro pick up Crossfox and more, Boy are we missing out, Id Love the Transporter or Caddy, perfect for a small business.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I won't buy anything from Argentina until they give us back the Falklan........oh wait, its ours SUCKERS.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah, fastback cab, mini-Ridgeline thing going on or a roll bar; the possibilities are endless. As long as it's built in Argentina I'm in. Anyone believe any of this? Anyone, anyone?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Robust render could also be a hat, or a brooch, or a pterodactyl."

      It's a big pretty white truck with curtains in the windows and wheels and it looks like a big Tylenol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Do you like gladiator movies?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nomen est omen: Robust. You can be sure someone will pick up that gauntlet and mangle his Golfamino beyond recognition before long.

      As long as it comes with a diesel option, a manual tranny, two seats and a lot less chrome than that Passat I suppose it'll be alright.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "We do find the rear sloping roof a bit odd, seeing that it would eat into quite a bit of bed space if the line continued into the bed."

      Look at the Honda Ridgeline, you dolt.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly - VW is probably using a unibody frame and they need the flying buttresses to make the bed rigid. Just like the Ridgeline. Autoblog should just can the editorial comments - they continuously embarrass themselves.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Headline should read Hecho en Argentina. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have no idea what you're talking about. "Hecho/a" is the past participle, not the 3rd person singular (which would be "hace"). Past participle agrees with the gender of the noun.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Past_participle#Spanish
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually, truck is masculine (el camión). However, pickup truck (la camioneta) is feminine. Go figure.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really, truck is femenine in Spanish, so it´s correct
        • 6 Years Ago
        The gender of the object doesn't matter, as we're conjugating the verb "hacer." Verbs don't match the gender of the object, they match the person (Yo, tu, el, nosotros, ellos). So verb "hacer" has to be conjugated for "la camioneta" (3rd person singular), so it becomes hecho.
          • 6 Years Ago
          yeah but that would be "la camioneta" which is built : in this case passive form, therefore it becomes the subject of the verb, doesn't it? If it is anything like French anyways.

          BTW, la camioneta = la camionette (literally means little truck)
      • 6 Years Ago
      >having invested a billion pesos

      About $3000 USD.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Argentinians apparently don't understand humor.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't worry, we're hard at work trying to help the dollar reach parity with the peso!
        • 6 Years Ago
        No

        1 USD = 3.17 PESOS

        1.000.000.000 PESOS /3.17 PESOS=315.457.413,24 USD

        im from argentina :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah like 200 pounds is like over 6000 USD now? :V
      • 6 Years Ago
      No Habla Español
      • 6 Years Ago
      A 3.0TDI and the 6-speed auto will make this one fine work truck. If it comes with a decent size bed (6x4 or bigger) it will easily replace the Dakota, Ranger, etc as the choice for a tradeperson. Its still a few years off, so we'll have to see what happens.
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