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If the 50-year-old Chicken Tax were repealed, there would undoubtedly be an influx of foreign-made light trucks and vans available in the US. In addition to imported midsize trucks like the global Ford Ranger and Mitsubishi Triton, this would also leave the door open for Volkswagen to someday offer its Amarok here.

Following the introduction of the 2015 Chevy Colorado at the LA Auto Show, Motor Trend sat down with VW's American CEO Jonathan Browning who said that the automaker still does not plan to offer its Amarok pickup in the US but would "reevaluate" that decision if the 25-percet tax were dropped. The 1960s-era tariff would likely be killed off if Japan joins the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and while that opens up a bigger can of worms for car US car exports, it would help bring more truck and van imports to our shores.


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      mylexicon
      • 1 Year Ago
      If there's one thing America needs, it's more imports. Let's see if we can get our BoP trade deficit to $1T per year.
        gork
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mylexicon
        LOL. No one here will understand the Balance of Payments unless you explain it to them.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      People tend to forget that F150 or RAM or Silverado comes nicely equip at 25-29k range and used trucks are everywhere. Tiguan base starts at $22k. Unless you are buying for a smaller truck for being smaller sake, "midsize" trucks will be a niche of a niche market due to marginal price difference. US simply doesn't have the tax system (as in Europe or Asia) that punish bigger cars or bigger engines. That's also the reason why Accord and Camry outsold Civic and Corolla in the US.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mercer
        There was no displacement-based tax system back in the 70s and 80s neither. Yet people bought compact trucks in droves back then. Lets face it- none of it makes any sense. Dont try to make sense out of the idiocy of american consumer choices.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          why, because it differs from Euro choices....?.....considering the US is the crown jewel when it comes to Vehicular sales and profitability I would err to say the choices here ( US ) were made for a reason....probably demand and profitability.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not build it in Mexico?
      onewayroll
      • 1 Year Ago
      With Canada's recent trade deal with the E.U . why not import it here?
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      So they won't build it here like they used to build a for the US only PU truck back in the 80's??? WHAT WIMPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      No one wants a high-maintenance small truck with reliability issues.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @John
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      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      protectionism and big union corrupt lobbying at its finest. and here we are supposed to be the shining beacon of free market economics but then we pull this crap.
      The Luigiian
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Amarok may not be a perfect truck but I like having more choices and the chicken tax is stupid. Repeal the chicken tax already.
      KaBoomBOX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uh, just build it here. There, no chicken tax.
        paqza
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KaBoomBOX
        Why, though? Globalization exists, and theoretically, we believe in free and fair trade. These antiquated taxes prevent American individuals from freely purchasing vehicles available in the rest of the world and prevent, for example, American business from using alternatives that may actually save them money, such as medium-sized pickups powered by small diesel motors.
      Derek L. Washington
      • 1 Year Ago
      OR they could build it here for more American jobs.
        RGT881
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Derek L. Washington
        Don't care about American jobs, I want a quality product offered to me at the best price, the most competitive price possible. Let the consumer decide, I don't need special interest groups, UAW included forcing me to make choices that conveniences them.
      z28ssx
      • 1 Year Ago
      That "truck" looks terrible. Is it a 2013 model pictured or a 2003? The interior looks very dated and the exterior is too soft for Americans tastes.
        paqza
        • 1 Year Ago
        @z28ssx
        You've clearly never been in one. We cross-shopped it and decided against it because of the price, but in terms of looks, and ride quality, it was way better than the Frontier or Tacoma. http://www.themotorreport.com.au/content/image/2/0/2012_volkswagen_amarok_motocross_review_14_1-0808.jpg
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @z28ssx
        Same could be said for any VW...it's "das auto".
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Screw you VW. Build them here. If pretty much every one else can build their trucks in the US, then so can you. Its BECAUSE of tariffs such as the chicken tax that auto production is not only alive, but actually thriving in the US right now.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Hazdaz
        So the big3 can screw us and not compete on fair terms? How does that work again?
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