The Evolution of the Volkswagen Amarok

July 27th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

New 8 speed Auto and Super Single Cab Released

After causing a significant shake up in the ute market with the launch of Amarok in early 2011, Volkswagen is now set to turn up the heat again with an extended model offering, as the Double Cab Automatic and Super Single Cab variants enter the New Zealand market this week.

  • The NZ Amarok range now incorporates Double Cab Automatic and Super Single Cab Manual
  • Amarok Double Cab with 8 speed automatic gearbox combines high levels of off-road ability with optimal driver and passenger comfort
  • Amarok Super Single Cab provides the “best of both worlds”

In many respects the Amarok has already set new standards in its class, however Volkswagen have now laid claim to another first; an innovative 8-speed automatic transmission that combines excellent ride comfort with great off-road capabilities and unrivalled fuel economy values. The Amarok will again set the benchmark in the 1-tonne Ute market.

This automatic transmission is combined with permanent four-wheel drive with the new 132kW / 420Nm Twin Turbo TDI engine and produces exceptional driving performance and a relaxed ride – even when towing or with a heavy payload. The top speed of 179 km/h is reached in 7th gear and towing capacity is 3,000kg (up to 12% gradient).

The additional gear levels enable it to achieve a broader gear ratio spread between the 1st and 8th gears compared to a conventional automatic transmission, leading to some very positive effects: thanks to this greater spread the TDI engine works even more effectively in every rev range, and it is more fuel-efficient and agile. Consumption of just 8.3 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 219 g/km set this Amarok apart in the 1-tonne Ute market. Moreover, 8th gear was configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that operates at reduced engine speed. The first gear is configured for pulling away in off-road use or when towing. Like the manual version, the Amarok with automatic transmission and permanent 4-wheel drive is thus also highly capable in all-terrain use without any need for additional reduction gearing.

The Amarok Super Single Cab features a load bed that has been extended to 2,205mm with the same vehicle length and wheelbase as compared with the four-door double cab. The load bed, which is 65 cm longer than that of the double cab, can easily accommodate two standard sized pallets crosswise, one behind the other, leaving another 60 cm of bed length available. With an unchanged loading width of 1.22 metres between the wheel housings, it provides a loading area of 3.57 m2.

Single cab pickups are considered to be the classic “workhorse” for the tough conditions in industry, construction and agriculture. The size of the load bed is what counts in these fields. The Amarok Super Single Cab combines the best of both worlds; ample load area while also ensuring the vehicle’s occupants has enough room. It is longer than the competitors’ models so that valuable items can also be easily stowed behind both seats, with plenty of room left over to find the optimal seat position. Fuel consumption in the Amarok Super Single Cab is extremely low: from only 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres, which is equal to a CO2 output of 195 g/km.

New Zealand will see the Amarok Double Cab Automatic launch in Highline spec level, including chrome accents and rear bumper, 17” alloys with flared arches, leather multi-function steering wheel and bluetooth connectivity. Amarok Super Single Cab customers will be able to choose between the rear wheel drive 90kW / 340Nm 2.0-litre TDI model or the 4Motion four-wheel-drive model with the 120kW / 400Nm 2.0-litre Twin Turbo TDI engine – both in connection with a six-speed manual gearbox. The same high level of safety equipment carry down from the current Amarok model line-up, with the new variants also featuring ESP as standard, as well as front airbags for driver and front passenger as well as head/thorax airbags.

Grant Doull, General Manager of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles NZ is understandably excited about the introduction of these new models into NZ; “Looking back, the initial launch of Amarok Double Cab in New Zealand in early 2011 has certainly been a great success for our brand. As we continue to see the cross-over of typical SUV type buyers opting to have a dual use Utility like the Amarok as their vehicle of choice, we see some terrific potential for our new 8 speed Amarok automatic. We are more than confident the unrivalled ride comfort and smooth transmission will help to quickly establish the Amarok Automatic in the NZ marketplace”.

“Driver comfort, safety, fuel economy, loading capabilities and in-cabin storage solutions are key attributes we believe the Super Single Cab can offer the user, when considering the hard working industries this type of model typically finds a home. The introduction of this additional variant also allows us to offer such a truly comprehensive model range in the NZ market; Amarok Super Single and Amarok Double Cabs, along with our Commercial van range; Caddy, Transporter and Crafter. The release of the new Double Cab Automatic transmission and Super Single Cab will again lay down a new benchmark for the Ute market and reinforce the evolving impact Volkswagen is having on the landscape of the New Zealand motor industry. We believe the Amarok is a game changer; not only as it re-defines existing Ute standards but it also means that now more than ever, Volkswagen has a car for every Kiwi”.

New Zealand Amarok Pricing
2WD TDI Amarok Super Single Cab – $41,990
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Super Single Cab – $49,990

2WD TDI Amarok Double Cab – $43,990
2WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab Highline $49,990
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab – $56,500
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab Highline – $61,990
4WD Twin Turbo TDI Amarok Double Cab Highline Auto – $64,990

Ford NZ announces range and pricing for new 2012 Ford Ranger ute

October 5th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Ford New Zealand has just announced the available range and pricing for the all-new 2012 Ford Ranger ute.

Using a more powerful diesel engine the new Ranger features fresh brawny styling and a broad range of equipment. It will be available in 2WD and 4WD forms with three cab variants – Single Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab. There are three trim levels on offer, the entry spec XL, mid-range XLT and top-dog Wildtrack model. The Ranger is available in a wide range of configurations and pricing varies from $34,690 for the base model manual 2WD model all the way to $66,290 for the Wildtrack 4WD double cab with 6-speed automatic transmission.

“Designed from the ground up, the highly anticipated all-new Ranger, available in both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive, has been comprehensively developed to meet the needs of New Zealand ute and light truck customers,” said Neale Hill, Managing Director of Ford New Zealand. “The creation and design of the all new Ranger involved an Australian-based, four-year development programme, involving almost 500 engineers from around the Ford world. Continue reading “Ford NZ announces range and pricing for new 2012 Ford Ranger ute” »

Isuzu NZ adds single cab model to D-Max ute range

October 20th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Isuzu NZ has now included a single cab model in the D-Max range. The single cab variant now joins the four D-Max double cab models to further broaden the appeal to Kiwi tradesman.

Two further new models are expected to be added shortly.

“Tradespeople depend on their pickup every day and it needs to fit their specific needs precisely,” said the General Manager of Isuzu, Greg MacDonald. “For many, a single cab on the base chassis is perfect; they will tailor it to their own use from there.”

The new single cab D-Max will use Isuzu’s 3-litre diesel engine. It will be an LX model, the lower-spec variant, as that’s what tradespeople sought.

The cab-chassis will be followed next month by an auto transmission variant of the LS model two-wheel-drive which is currently available only in manual.

By December an entirely new shape will join the Isuzu D-max lineup: a Space Cab which is an extended single cab, in 4WD.

And further dealerships will be added to the Isuzu D-Max network as well.

The entire Isuzu D-Max operation incorporating the national import company and all dealerships are entirely New Zealand-owned and operated.

Mr MacDonald says that resonates with many people. “Whether they are farmers, tradespeople, weekend warriors or families carrying people and household items, D-Max fits the lives of Kiwis ¦ and they like to know they are dealing with New Zealanders at all levels of the local operation,” he explained.

Click here to read a Car and SUV review of the 2010 Isuzu D-Max ute.

New specs revealed on the Volkswagen Amarok Single Cab

September 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Volkswagen has announced today the new details and images of its two Volkswagen Amarok Single Cab utility vehicles.

The new two-seater is set to have its world debut at the IAA Auto Show in Hanover. According to the specs released by Volkswagen, without the rear seats, the Amarok Single Cab offers a generous 3.57 square meters loading surface, creating plenty of additional space. The tray is 2205 mm in length

The Amarok Single Cab will be available with a choice between two 2.0 TDI engines, creating 122 hp and 163 respectively, and with two-wheel-drive or the company’s popular 4Motion all-wheel-drive system.

Pricing hasn’t been announced just yet, but VW has said it will be in showrooms globally by next year.

Be sure to check back for future updates on the Volkswagen’s Amarok ute range.

Great Wall V240 single cab arrives in NZ

July 14th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

The Great Wall V240 single cab ute is now on sale across New Zealand. Like the twin cab the single cab is set to offer continue the Chinese manufacturer’s ideology of ‘more for less’ and standard equipment includes air conditioning, alloy wheels, power steering, remote central locking, CD player and power mirrors for just $19,990.

That price undercuts Japanese competition by at least $10K in most cases. The V240 single cab is also available in 4×4 for $22,990. The buyer’s choice of deck or tray can be fitted prior to delivery, as an optional extra.

“The twin cab V240 has proven to be extremely reliable and very popular with a wide range of customers over the past year,” said Ric Hull, managing director of Ateco Automotive the importer and distributor of Great Wall in New Zealand. “We are optimistic that this very keenly priced single cab V240 will be embraced just as enthusiastically.”

Standard safety features on the V240 single cab include dual air bags, anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake force distribution.

The V240 is backed by a comprehensive three year/100,000km warranty, supported by Great Wall’s national dealer network. Continue reading “Great Wall V240 single cab arrives in NZ” »