Volkswagen Amarok proves its off-road strength

The Volkswagen Amarok.

The Volkswagen Amarok.

Eight months before it arrives in Ireland, the new Volkswagen pick-up, the Amarok, has been demonstrating its power, durability and off-road performance.

A total of 35 Volkswagen Amaroks were nvolved in the gruelling Dakar rally across some of the toughest terrain in South America. They were used as support vehicles by the Volkswagen team and the official organisers, ASO, throughout this year’s 5,600 mile event.

The Dakar rally started from Buenos Aires in Argentina on January 1, and crossed the Andes to Antofagasta on the Pacific coast in Chile before taking a more southern route to the finish back in Buenos Aires on January 17.

Although not competing, the drivers of the Amarok support cars were still under constant pressure to keep up with or to get ahead of the competitors.

‘We are thrilled to put the new Amarok through its paces as part of this long distance challenge, the world’s toughest, before its official launch,’ said Stephan Schaller, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

The new Amarok is offered with an electronic differential lock (EDL ) and off-road ABS to significantly shorten braking distances in off-road conditions or gravel roads. At speeds under 20mph it also activates hill descent assist to control hill descents, while the ESP Plus system includes hill hold assist which prevents the vehicle from rolling back by holding it in place on inclines until the driver presses the accelerator pedal.

The Amarok will be available as a four-door double cab version from launch with a single cab model to follow in 2011. It combines the robustness of a pick-up with innovative technology, high safety standards, excellent fuel economy and Volkswagen’s renowned standards of comfort, quality and durability.


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