saving up our allowance for our annual pilgrimage to MECCA SEMA
next month, we skipped the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show where Volkswagen
AG's chairman, Martin Winterkorn, announced VW's intent to
build new pickups.
said current plans are for VW to build three versions of
small haulers. The trucks are destined for sale almost everywhere in
the world except the United States - for now.
has had an on-again, off-again interest in building a pickup for the
U.S. since production of the VW Rabbit pickup ended in 1984. The overseas
version of the Rabbit pickup, badged as a Caddy, is still on sale today
in South Africa. Other Vee-Dub variants also exist, like Düwel's
Cargofun custom pickup, based on the New Beetle.
we followed then VWAG chairman Ferdinand
Piech around the floor of the North American International Auto Show
as he got up close with the Chevrolet Silverado and other domestic
pickups. Mr. Piech said he was a fan of American pickups, and
his son drove a Toyota Tundra.
year Volkswagen previewed the Touareg sport utility by showing the Advanced
Activity Concept (AAC) pickup at the 2000 NAIAS. While rumors circulated
the AAC might also enter production, it never received a greenlight.
Perhaps the fruit basket-wearing models in the bed of the AAC meant
VW hadn't quite figured out 'Merican truck buyers.
time we heard about a VW pickup was in 2001, after Volkswagen debuted
its Samba Microbus concept. In a display case next to the Samba was
a scale model of a Samba-based
pickup inspired by the sixties-era Microbus
With three new world pickups apparently on the way, will the U.S. eventually
get its own version?
to The Car Connection, they're reporting that U.S. Volkswagen second-in-command
Adrian Hall told them, "With
four other projects in the pipeline (for the U.S. ) it's
not a top priority," especially not with the pickup segment suffering
the impact of rising fuel prices.