Volkswagen planning new MQB pickup model

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At this week's New York Auto Show, Volkswagen will field a Tiguan-sized pickup truck concept.

Volkswagen brand officials want to strengthen sales in regions such as the US with more product designed for local tastes.

Or maybe you remember the cute little Rabbit pickup truck that was built in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ford Motor Co. says an expanded light-truck lineup will account for 86 percent of its USA sales volume by 2020, up sharply from about 70 percent today.

If approved for production, the truck would likely be produced alongside the Atlas at VW's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Since the September 2015 VW scandal there have been growing concerns over nitrogen dioxide emissions.

A softer MQB-based "lifestyle" pickup truck would give VW a product to help turn around its battling United States division, and would be the only such vehicle from a German car-maker there at present.

No name yet but this one is described as a'Powerful Family SUV
No name yet but this one is described as a'Powerful Family SUV

Volkswagen will show off a concept version of the two-row Atlas at this week's New York Auto Show.

The concept will validate the company is contemplating entering the midsize pickup market in the U.S.

Automotive News reports that VW may unveil a unibody pickup concept along side the previously reported five-passenger Atlas concept.

While the idea of an emotionally styled, "Made in the USA" pickup is attractive for a brand that wants to rehabilitate itself in the eyes of American consumers, there are doubts whether a positive business case can be made for the concept.

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The Amarok is a traditional body-on-frame pickup that VW sells in other markets. That news came after Volkswagen confirmed that the T-Roc concept unveiled in Europe late previous year would not make its way across the pond. By comparison, the Atlas crossover starts at $31,675 (including shipping).

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