Volkswagen will supply its upcoming pickup to the 2010 Dakar Rally as an official event vehicle
The Amarok is Volkswagen's answer to the ute, and will be put to the test in what is considered the world's toughest rally.
A total of 35 Amarok units are to be used in the January 2010 event, which sees teams travelling 9000km from Argentina, through Chile and ending back in Argentina.
“We are pleased to be able to use the Volkswagen Amarok as our Support Vehicle, because the Dakar Rally demands the highest levels of technical perfection, reliability and endurance – from our Race Touareg as much as from the support vehicles. The Amarok is exactly the right vehicle for our team”, explains Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director.
The company's first large pickup will be built at VW's Pachero plant just outside of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Amarok is expected in New Zealand in 2010.
Grant Doull, Manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles NZ, says: “Proving its prowess off-road in settings such as those it will experience on the Dakar rally should go a long way in establishing the Amaroks true credentials as a Ute that will provide superior performance and durability for typical applications in the New Zealand market.”
Read more about the Volkswagen Amarok here.