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Mike Stevens | Oct 25, 2010

AMAROK

The marketing campaign for the Volkswagen Amarok's upcoming Australian launch has written itself, with the German carmaker's new ute taking out top honours in the inaugural International International Pick-up Award 2011.

The Amarok faced strong competition for the award, taking on the likes of the Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 (current generations of both), Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D-Max and the Toyota HiLux.

A favourite for the prize, although never a shoo-in, the Amarok was nonetheless praised for its "effortless off-road abilities" and best-in-class on-road performance. The Amarok's interior too was considered a highlight that contributed to its victory.

"The new Volkswagen Amarok distinguishes itself by fantastic driving qualities, both on- and off-road. It sets new standards in the pick-up category in respect to load capacity, interior room, comfort, ergonomics and fuel consumption," a statement from the Award jury read.

Australian buyers eager to get into a 2011 Volkswagen Amarok this year will have to wait until next year, with the expected Q4 2010 debut pushed out to a vague first-half 2011 launch.

A reason for the delay has not been offered, although Australia is considered a 'key market' for the Amarok.

While full details for the Australian line-up have not yet been revealed, the Amarok is expected to launch with a four-door double-cab layout, followed by a single-cab model.

Power for the Amarok will come from two turbodiesel engines, the first a bi-turbo 2.0 TDI diesel engine developing 120kW and 400Nm of torque, and the second a smaller diesel producing 90kW and 250Nm of torque.

Fuel consumption for the 2.0 litre diesel is listed at just 7.8 l/100km, the smaller diesel achieving a similar 7.6 l/100km fuel economy.

To learn more about the German carmaker's new pickup, click through to our 2011 Volkswagen Amarok model information page.

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