Originally Posted by Carscoop
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The US government puts a 25% tariff on light trucks imported into the United States. This tariff would make the truck too expensive and it would sell poorly and this is the reason why VW will not sell it here. Unless they start building the Amarok in Mexico then the US will never see this truck.
Last edited by Turbio!; 05-05-2012 at 11:30 AM.
I paid $18,000 flat for my Tacoma, including all the dealer's stupid fees. So my point is that the Amarok would have to be a bit cheaper than that in order for me to consider an untested and unknown brand.
Also...this isn't intended to be insulting to anybody, but unless you're already a truck or SUV owner, I'd be extremely skeptical that, when push comes to shove, you actually need an Amarok enough to put your money where your mouth is. If you don't already need a truck (or SUV or crossover) and its utility enough to own one even as a secondary vehicle, are you really - really really really - going to buy a $35-40k one if it's sold here, just because it's got a diesel and a badge you like on the front end? Maybe a few of you would, but...
If VW's considering selling this here, the question they're asking is "how many Tacoma, F-150, Frontier, Ram, and Silverado customers can we win over," not "How many VW buyers would also buy this."
Last edited by Turbio!; 05-05-2012 at 11:46 AM.
So...I'd be astonished if you could obtain a diesel Amarok for any less than $33k. Now, I'd be willing to pay that, but I've bought $33k SUVs a couple of times.
Last edited by Turbio!; 05-05-2012 at 11:45 AM.
I know -why- they do it, but does anyone else find robots wearing those sleeve things a bit hilarious looking? Or do I just need to go to bed?
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light."
If anything, I wouldn't have anything in protest of VW selling a cheapened out version of this, building it in Mexico and selling it here for a lowered price, but with a TDI...
I see no reason why (what is undoubtedly a work truck) this needs to have soft touch materials and what not.. perhaps on a higher trim it can still come with all those amenities for those who really want it..just my $0.02
I still don't understand why (VWoA thinks) this wouldn't fly in the US (assuming that cost and build location is worked out, like Mexico or even in the US; building the Passat in TN worked wonders for the price and didn't absurdly cheapen it but yet sliced the MSRP nicely).
Tacomas, Frontiers, etc. all reasonably popular here and enthusiasm is growing in the US for VW's diesels, the Ranger is NLA here too so there's some vacancy to fill.
Tacomas are the only smaller pickups that sell in appreciable numbers. The Frontier hangs on, mostly because its platform is shared with 4 other Nissan vehicles. The Ranger wasn't worth it for Ford to produce here, and nobody else is even bothering. The midsize pickup market is not a lucrative niche. If VW had a partner it could share frames and design with to amortize costs, maybe it would be justifiable, but I think you're totally overestimating the size of the opportunity the Amarok represents to VW.
Last edited by Turbio!; 05-05-2012 at 12:59 PM.
I love these threads. Its always, "I will buy it!" But I highly doubt it. If there was a strong demand, combined with a good profit margin, for a small diesel pick up, there would be one here already since every midsize pickup we have has a diesel counterpart over here already, including the Ford Ranger. I rack a lot of this up in the same category as the Passat alltrack. It wont come here so stop complaining about how its not.
Big deal, theyre building the truck in Germany now. Hooray. I guess the ones that I have been seeing are the ones made in Argentina. Meh.