Volkswagen Amarok, a Ford Ranger clone

Volkswagen Amarok, a Ford Ranger clone

Do you recognize him? A Ford pickup? No, here is the new Volkswagen Amarok, unveiled this Thursday, July 7! Why this possible confusion? Because the Volkswagen is actually a clone of the… new Ford Ranger, somewhat restyled, especially at the front. Even if Volkswagen does not brag about it and ignores its partner in its press release. The latter thus forgets to specify that it will be manufactured in a Ford factory, located in South Africa, and that its engines baptized TDi (the traditional name of Volkswagen diesels) are drawn from the bank of organs of the American giant. 2.0-liter four-cylinders and a big six-cylinder 3.0-liter displacement are on the program. These are also the mechanics used by the Ranger. Which is perfectly logical, to generate synergies and reduce costs. Both pick-ups will be marketed between the end of the year and the beginning of 2023.

Ford is perfectly legitimate in this kind of vehicles with cab and rear bed. In particular, it has produced the famous “Full Size” F (1.5 ton load), the best-selling pick-up in the world and at the same time the most popular vehicle in the United States, all models combined, for more than forty year. Smaller – but huge by European standards! – the Ranger is not demerit. Chosen in particular by the French army, the older generation dating from 2011 was the most popular pick-up in Europe. It sold, before the pandemic, more than 50,000 per year on the Old Continent.

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