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VW's Hilux rival revealed

2008-09-24 19:24

There has been much speculation about the imminent arrival of Volkswagen's first one-tonner and all that nail-biting appears to have paid off.

Images of what has been come to be known as the Robust have surfaced online ahead of its official unveiling at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover.

The four-seater double cab concept shown has been designed as a Search and Rescue vehicle complete with blue LEDs and tools that have been cleverly integrated into the load bay.

According to sources, the bakkie is not based on any existing vehicle platform and power will be sourced from the German manufacturer's latest range of common-rail turbodiesel engines.

In terms of design, the concept displays several design cues seen earlier on Scirocco and the Golf 6, particularly in the squared off tail light clusters. 

Though still in concept form and bearing the very basic name, Pickup, the Toyota Hilux rival will apparently go into production in Argentina next year. This production model will be introduced in key markets, including South Africa, late in 2009.


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