Seeing the new Volkswagen Pickup Concept, suddenly I go back in time and think of Ford’s Super Chief. Maybe because of the rounded shapes … who knows. Back to VW’s Pickup, in the images below you can see the full production model (which is currently under development) that will probably be called Robust or Taro
The four-door double cab pickup was engineered for search-and-rescue operations with emergency services experts bringing in their contribution to what VW experts already knew.
The pickup will most likely use VW’s permanent all-wheel-drive 4MOTION technology and fuel-efficient gasoline direct-injection or diesel engines. As for the looks, it has a clean and uncluttered design, with shapes that reminds of Chevrolet Avalanche, with fenders that flare above the wheels and a five-foot cargo area along with a two piece tailgate for storage.
Though it’s just a design study, I’m confident that that’s the way it will look. They will begin production in the fall of 2009 and sales, soon after. We’ll get more info on VW’s “one-ton pickup” later this week when the 62nd IAA Commercial Vehicles Show takes places in Hanover, Germany.