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VW, Jeep Again Looking at Options for U.S. Pickups

A resurgent midsize pickup segment could draw new contenders.

by on Mar.06, 2014

The current VW Amarok is not sold in the U.S. market and may be too small to import.

Only a few years ago, the pundits were writing off full-size pickups as dinosaurs set to vanish from the market. But last year they set their best sales mark since the crash of the U.S. automotive market.  Now, many analysts are starting to rethink forecasts predicting the demise of the midsize truck segment.  That apparently includes product planners for both Volkswagen AG and Jeep.

In recent years, the segment has dwindled to insignificance and key players like Ford and Chrysler have abandoned their entries. Ford actually developed a new version of its Ranger for global markets but decided against bringing it to the States.

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But with General Motors counter-programming, as it were, with the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models, might other manufacturers follow?

There are several who continue to consider their options, including both of the Korean carmakers, Hyundai and Kia.  But the makers most likely to take some action could be Detroit-based Jeep, and German giant Volkswagen AG — which already has an option available, the midsize Amarok pickup it sells in a wide range of overseas markets.


First Look: 2011 Volkswagen Sharan

Third-generation minivan makes Geneva debut, alongside new VW Amarok pickup.

by on Mar.02, 2010

One of Volkswagen's oldest models, the Sharan, finally gets an update.

Geneva Motor Show-goers will get a chance to check out the third-generation people-mover from Volkswagen, and there’s a lot more to look at as the German maker has stretched the Sharan in virtually every critical dimension.

The new design is decidedly more modern than the outgoing VW offering.  No surprise.

The 2011 Volkswagen Sharan replaces one of the longest-running product lines in VW history, the minivan making its debut 15 years ago.

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The added dimensions have a definite pay-off, especially in terms of third-row seating, which now can accommodate adult passengers, rather than cramped kids. A rear sliding door improves access, as well.