Volkswagen to field pickup truck concept at New York Auto Show

Volkswagen to field pickup truck concept at New York Auto Show

Could it be a trial balloon for VW's first USA pickup truck since the little Rabbit in the late 1970s? The concept is expected to be shown at the New York International Auto Show.

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A midsize Volkswagen pickup concept based on the Atlas SUV may be unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show this week.

The new truck would be a unibody construction and based on the MQB platform used by the 7-seat version of the Atlas SUV.

A Volkswagen Atlas-based pickup may be in the works.

Pickup trucks are big business in the US, with the segment expected to account for 86 percent of Ford's total USA sales alone.

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China is VW's biggest market; the manufacturer sold over three million vehicles in the country past year alone. For a brand like Volkswagen, which has slowly been crawling out of the hole it dug itself into back in 2015 thanks to the Dieselgate scandal, a high-profit margin vehicle could be its ticket back into the black. The Rabbit line preceded the current Golf models in America.

The Advanced SUV will be built by VW's partner's FAW-Volkswagen in China.

A smaller Tiguan concept announced last week will make it way over to the US before 2020 from the brand's production plant in China.

Or maybe you remember the cute little Rabbit pickup truck that was built in Pennsylvania in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The 2019 Ridgeline, which starts at $30,965 (including shipping), produced USA sales of 34,749 past year. What's more, it would be built in the Chattanooga assembly plant in Tennessee, instead of being imported from elsewhere; the Amarok, for example, is built in Argentina.

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