Business case needed for Amarok-based SUV says importer 

Business case needed for Amarok-based SUV says importer 

Volkswagen Group Australia commercial vehicle director Carlos Santos has revealed to media that development work on an Amarok-based SUV has recommenced by the parent company.

“There is some very serious development happening at the moment for an SUV based on Amarok, which would be quite a large passenger- vehicle-type set-up,” Santos told Go Auto and other journalists in Melbourne.

The New Zealand Volkswagen importer European Motor Distributors says it has not received any official word yet on such a vehicle from Germany.

“If such a vehicle became available to us, it would need due consideration, and there would have to be a robust business case for us to distribute it here,” says the Head of Volkswagen Commercial New Zealand John Frear.

Unlike Australia and South Africa, the volumes of such vehicles sold in New Zealand are far smaller according to Frear.

“We haven’t heard anything officially from the factory,” he says.

Go Auto reports that Volkswagen Group did have plans initially to produce such an SUV when developing the current Amarok but then put those on hold.

A new Amarok generation is due in 2019 so it is more conceivable that an SUV version would appear at the same time.

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