Browsing Archive April, 2016

Tata Safari Storme Tuff

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Tata Motors’ in-house personalization studio has showcased a bad ass Safari Storme. Christened as Safari Storme Tuff, the personalized vehicle has been given a thorough makeover to tackle worst of the roads, as well as to tickle the fancy of off-road enthusiasts.

Exterior highlights of the Tata Safari Storme Tuff are metal bumpers, a winch upfront, roof mounted LED bar, matte finish alloy wheels with Maxxis off-road tyres and all weather tent on the roof. Adding more to its rugged character is tailgate-mounted spare wheel which once was something the Safari was known for but sadly not now. Ground clearance of the Storme Tuff has also been increased.

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Inside the cabin, the Tata Safari Storme Tuff features an infotainment system, a head-up display and TPMS (Tyre pressure monitoring system). It does also have water resistant seat covers  in order to save your time from cleaning interior after a comprehensive off-roading session.

Tata haven’t revealed whether the Strorme Tuff has upgraded engine but since it’s a show vehicle we can consider the regular 2.2-liter VARICOR 400 diesel engine, capable of producing 156 PS and 400 Nm between 1700 and 2700 rpm, is under its hood. On the current model, it comes mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and offers the choice of all-wheel drive system.

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Mercedes-Benz updates the Sprinter range with new variant

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Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched the Sprinter in a higher weight class and with new engine ratings.

The new variant of the van is approved for a gross weight of 5.5 tonnes – half a tonne above the former upper limit. In comparison to the previous top-of-the-range model, this heavy-duty Sprinter offers a 450 kg increase in load capacity, resulting in a total payload of between 3 and 3.4 tonnes, depending on the model.

The new variant broadens the diverse Sprinter model range, which now comprises vans with a gross weight ranging from 3 t to 5.5 t.

According to Norbert Kunz, Head of Sprinter Product Management, the new 5.5 t variant has been developed specifically in response to customers’ wishes: “Customers operating in weight-sensitive areas in particular have often expressed a demand for a version with a higher payload. Such areas include the building sector or public service vehicles, for example. More payload is equally a boon for passenger transport. Wherever a particularly good ratio is desired between kerb weight and payload, we now have an appropriate solution at hand. At the same time, the Sprinter is also very compact and agile. It offers good dynamics and a passenger car like feel at the wheel – even with a gross weight of 5.5 t. This is important in urban traffic, for example – just consider low entrances, narrow lanes or difficult parking situations. It is quite clear that this Sprinter is unbeatable in its class when it comes to everyday practicality.”

The new gross vehicle weight is aimed first and foremost at end customers who require special body and conversion solutions for their operations. So far, special arrangements were often necessary for ambulances, fire service vehicles and other special vehicles, when the conversion resulted in a gross weight above the previous limit of 5 t. The new variant obviates the need for such arrangements.

In addition to the new 5.5 t variant, Mercedes-Benz Vans will offer new engine variants for the Sprinter as of summer 2016. The entry-level model now produces an output of 114 hp.

The next-highest power rating has been upgraded from 143 hp. The Sprinter also remains available with the 163 hp and 190 hp engine variants. All engine variants comply with the Euro 6/VI emissions standards, which will become mandatory for vans in the mid-range weight class from September.

Apart from more power, the new engine variants also offer a significant increase in torque, which is manifested above all in more tractive power. This is particularly important when towing a trailer, which is a major consideration for traders, construction firms and in the horticultural and landscaping sectors

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Jeep’s Rise Helps FIAT Chrysler Earnings

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Strong global Jeep sales helped Fiat Chrysler post record first-quarter global earnings despite continued weakness in in Latin America and Asia. Net income rose to 478 million euros (USD539 million), the automaker said last week.

FCA said its first-quarter adjusted earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) nearly doubled to USD1.56 billion in the quarter.

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Shipments of Jeep climbed 15% in the quarter to 326,000 units as the automaker expands the SUV brand globally.

Net global revenues climbed 3% to USD30 billion, at today’s exchange rate, though total shipments declined 1% to 1,086,000 vehicles. FCA said its profit margin in North America, its largest market, doubled to 7.2% from the same quarter last year, while the profit margin in Europe, the Middle East and Africa quadrupled to 1.9%.

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POS Malaysia places order for over 500 Tata Xenon pick-up

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POS Malaysia Berhad (POS Malaysia), the postal service provider of Malaysia has introduced the Tata Xenon Single Cab 4×2 Pick-up to complement its logistics business, especially for the Courier, Express and Parcel (CEP) pick-up and delivery services. A total of 553 units of Tata Xenon Single Cab 4×2 Pick-up with special fabricated customised box body were purchased based on its innovative design, intelligent automobile technology, comfortable interior features and distinctive exterior design.

Combined with a 5-speed synchromesh gearbox, the Tata Xenon Single Cab 4×2 Pick-up is reliable and agile, allows customers to go the extra mile effortlessly. The vehicle is powered by a 2.2L common rail turbo diesel engine that delivers 140Ps@4000rpm with a robust torque of 320Nm@1700-2700rpm. The innovative designed special customised box body is equipped with reverse camera, strong body structure and chassis frame to support heavier loads capacity, easier loading and unloading with access from rear and both sides of load body to meet POS Malaysia’s requirements.

The handover of the Tata Xenon Single Cab 4×2 Pick-ups with special fabricated box body to POS Malaysia was held in the presence of Mr. Rudrarup Maitra, Head – International Business, Commercial Vehicles, Tata Motors Limited and Dato’ Abdul Harith Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer, Automotive Distribution & Defence, DRB-HICOM Berhad.

The Tata Xenon Single Cab 4×2 Pick-up project had commenced in November 2015, when POS Malaysia decided to lease the pick-ups through DRB-HICOM EZ-Drive Sdn Bhd (EZ-Drive), leasing facilities. The leasing period is for 36 months, with an option to renew for another 24 months. In recent years, POS Malaysia had opted for operating lease over outright purchase due to lower ownership cost, lower upfront capex, better tax benefit and higher worker productivity where fleet management is now being taken care of by EZ-Drive.

 

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The Technology In The Mitsubishi Outlander SUV

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This all NEW Mitsubishi Outlander comes with several standard and available technology features to keep you connected no matter where your travels may take you. SUV and also MPV (it seats 7 in comfort) shoppers in Malaysia looking for a vehicle with advanced entertainment and safety technology that has good seating for 7 passengers should consider the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander for its diverse and innovative options.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander is completely new with the introduction of over 100 new components. The result is a highly competitive crossover, showing excellence in performance, safety, efficiency, appearance, and every other area that matters. Where the new Outlander particularly shines is the technology department.

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The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander can be driven in ECO mode. When engaged, this technology helps you save fuel and lower emissions. Initial acceleration is adjusted and the system makes other adjustments too. Equipped with Super All-wheel Control, initiating ECO mode will allow the Outlander to run on FWD until the system determines the need for AWD.

The Outlander is fully imported and offers a wide array of safety features to keep the driver and occupants’ safe at all times. Active safety systems available include Hill Start Assist (HSA), ABS with EBD and Active Stability Control (ASC) to keep drivers in check. The 3rd generation SUV is kitted out with up to seven air-bags and boasts an ultra-high strength steel body structure (RISE), making it one of the safest SUV’s in the market.

Mitsubishi Outlander SUV 2.4L Specifications Engine: 4-cylinder DOHC 16V MIVEC (4B12)

Capacity: 2360cc

Gearbox: INVECS-111 CVT Semi-Auto Horsepower: 167bhp @ 6000rpm Torque: 222Nm @ 4100rpm 0-100km/h: 10.2secs

Top speed: 198km/h

Price: RM166,720.00

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670 Hp Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6×6

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Urban Warrior, creators of unique SUV’s based on the iconic Land Rover Defender 110, announces that it will build a 670 hp version of the Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6×6, a modified Land Rover Defender that was introduced at the 2016 Geneva International Motorshow.

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Urban Warrior, creators of unique SUV’s based on the iconic Land Rover Defender 110, announces that it will build a 670 hp version of the Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 6×6, a modified Land Rover Defender that was introduced at the 2016 Geneva International Motorshow.  (below pictured is its competitor which costs much much much more)

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This build will continue the sales and marketing agreement with A. Kahn Design of Bradford, England, to sell upgrade components for Land Rovers and Jeeps. “We’re very pleased to extend the Urban Warrior technology and drivetrain elements that we’ve developed for the Urban Warrior to the Flying Huntsman 6×6 and create an all-new vehicle and driving experience for the North American market,” said Sean Hyland, president.  “Now we can back up the tough military look of this unique vehicle with breathtaking power and performance.”

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The Urban Warrior Flying Huntsman 6×6 will be equipped with all of the custom and luxury touches that customers have become accustomed to seeing in other Urban Warrior 110′s, including a supercharged 670-hp 5.0L Ford Coyote V8,  6-speed automatic transmission with shift-on-the-fly transfer case, limited slip differentials, upgraded suspension, wheels, and tires, a premium sound system that includes navigation, rear-view camera and Bluetooth®, upgraded soundproofing and carpeting, heated and cooled leather Recaro® seats, and leather-upholstered surfaces.

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The first Urban Warrior version of the Flying Huntsman is expected to be delivered in late 2016.

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Along with their own version of the Flying Huntsman 6×6, Urban Warrior continues to pursue its vision of the iconic Land Rover Defender.   Using latest-model Defenders, Urban Warrior removes the 2.2L, 122hp diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission that comes with it, and replaces it with a 5.0L, 435 hp Ford V8, and 6-speed automatic, with shift-on-the fly transfer case.  Upgraded suspension, wheels and tires complete the base package and customers can choose from a wide array of options and luxury touches.  To learn more about the Urban Warrior and their heavy-duty off-road version of the 2015-16 Ford F150 called the Baja Warrior, visit www.UrbanWarrior4x4.com .

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Ford unveils new Transit with 2.0L EcoBlue engine

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Ford’s new Transit and Transit Custom commercial vehicles powered by the all-new, state-of-the-art 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine made their global debut in the United Kingdom earlier this week.

New from the ground up, the next-generation Ford EcoBlue engine enhances fuel efficiency by up to 13 per cent compared with the outgoing 2.2-litre TDCi engine, with CO2 emissions from 157 g/km,* and delivers significant improvements in low-rpm torque for enhanced driveability. The new engine – available to order now – also will deliver up to 2-year/60,000 km (37,000 mile) variable service intervals for Transit and Transit Custom operators.

The all-new downsized 2.0-litre Ford EcoBlue diesel engine has been engineered to meet Ford’s rigorous commercial vehicle durability standards, powering Transit vehicles through the equivalent of 5.5 million km (3.4 million miles) of punishing durability testing, including 400,000 km (250,000 miles) of testing at the hands of real-world Transit customers.

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“The challenge was to take our best-selling Transit and make it cheaper to operate, improve performance, cleaner in terms of emissions, quieter in the cabin, safer and even more durable,” said Pete Reyes, Ford of Europe’s head of commercial vehicles. “That’s exactly what we did with the new Transit and Transit Custom with the all-new Ford EcoBlue engine.”

Clean diesel technologies enable ultra-low emissions in line with stringent Euro Stage VI standards that will be introduced in September 2016, requiring a 55 per cent reduction in NOx emissions compared to Euro Stage V standards.

In addition to the all-new engine line-up, Transit and Transit Custom vehicles also are available to order now with advanced driver assistance technologies including Side Wind Stabilisation and Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection. From late 2016, customers also will be able to specify a six‑speed automatic transmission in place of a manual gearbox, and a new rear air suspension option on Transit Custom Kombi models.

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The two-tonne Transit and one-tonne Transit Custom vehicles are core models within Ford’s renewed Transit range, which also includes the smaller all-new Transit Connect and Transit Courier vans. The success of this expanded line-up helped Ford become Europe’s No.1 selling commercial vehicle brand in 2015 – for the first time in 19 years – with total sales of 280,000, a year-over-year increase of 23 per cent.

Growth has continued in the first quarter of 2016, with combined Transit and Transit Custom sales in Europe of 50,100 vehicles, a rise of 15 per cent over the previous year.

In parallel with the all-new powertrain, new Transit and Transit Custom models also benefit from advanced new driver assistance and vehicle technologies to enhance confidence and comfort behind the wheel.

An upgraded Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system, fitted to both new models as standard equipment, provides an enhanced suite of functions to improve vehicle stability in extreme driving situations including three Ford-patented features:

  • Side Wind Stabilisation – a new system that applies the brakes on one side of the vehicle to reduce the effect of a sudden side wind gust on the vehicle’s path
  • Curve Control – a unique Ford-developed program designed to slow the vehicle in a safe and stable manner when it enters a bend like a motorway exit ramp too quickly
  • Roll Stability Control – designed to help prevent your vehicle rolling over by controlling both engine torque and individual wheel braking

Inside the cabin, Transit customers can now specify Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system with a new high-resolution 6-inch colour touch screen, featuring advanced voice control of audio, navigation and mobile phones. On Transit Custom vehicles, a new 4‑inch colour display is standard on vehicles equipped with the SYNC connectivity system, in place of the previous 3.5-inch screen. From the outside, new Transit and Transit Custom models fitted with the all-new Ford 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine are identified by a new chrome finish strip in the lower front grille.

For improved comfort and convenience in urban driving, customers of Transit front-wheel drive derivatives and Transit Custom models will be able to specify a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission from late 2016. The transmission offers smooth, responsive and efficient performance in partnership with the Ford EcoBlue diesel, including Auto-Start-Stop where fitted, and also provides the option of manual shifting using buttons mounted on the gear lever.

The unique-to-segment rear air suspension system is developed specially for the Transit Custom and meets Ford’s full commercial vehicle durability standards. The air suspension system delivers a supple, controlled and level ride across a wide range of load conditions, providing improved passenger comfort and vehicle dynamics on Kombi M1 models.

The updated Transit and Transit Custom models offer commercial vehicle operators the same comprehensive line-up of vehicle variants including multiple roof height and wheelbase options, a wide choice of gross vehicle weights, and bodystyles with van, kombi and double-cab-in-van variants. Transit customers can further select from front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and Intelligent All Wheel Drive derivatives, along with Chassis Cab and Minibus bodystyles.

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Subaru NEW Forester Features

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Every Forester is equipped with two core Subaru technologies: Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, affording surefootedness in all conditions; and the latest-generation four-cylinder ‘Boxer’ engines, contributing to the low centre of gravity beneficial to balance, road holding and handling.

The 2016 Subaru Forester has had an exterior and interior refresh. At the front of the car, the Forester’s distinctive hexagonal grille has been updated with a new ‘wing’ motif grille mesh, while the front bumper has been reshaped and now features new L-shaped chrome trim adding greater visual volume to the lower part of the Forester’s ‘face’. The change is designed to emphasise the car’s relatively low centre of gravity, wide stance and innate stability.

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The wraparound headlamps – retaining Subaru’s signature ‘hawk-eye’ shape – feature a new black base paint finish for a sharper appearance. The 2016 model is also fitted with new LED combination lamps at the rear.

Inside the cabin, new materials and technologies have been introduced to further modernise the interior and introduce a higher-quality look and feel, while still retaining the functionality for which the Forester is renowned.

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The interior is finished with a higher proportion of soft-touch materials, new piano black and metallic trim, higher-resolution TFT displays and new cloth and leather upholstery options – including a new brown leather option. Following the adoption of Subaru’s new 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system in 2015, the changes to the 2016 Subaru Forester are designed to further improve the quality look and feel of the cabin.

Additional soundproofing measures for significantly improved refinement. A series of modifications have been made beneath the surface of the 2016 Forester to greatly improve cabin refinement.

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Thicker glass has been applied to every door and the front quarter lights at the base of the A-pillar, reducing the ingress of wind ‘rush’ and other noises into the cabin. For the front quarter lights and front doors, glass thickness has increased from 3.5 mm to 4.0 mm, while rear door glass is now 3.5 mm (up from 3.1 mm). The seals around the window frames in the doors use a new, more sound-absorbent material to further reduce noise levels. Additional soundproofing material has been added around the dashboard, particularly where the dashboard meets the base of the windscreen and in the front passenger foot well, minimising noise intrusion from wind rush and the engine, respectively.

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Already an exceptionally safe vehicle, the 2016 Forester adopts new headlamp technologies which include LED lights with Adaptive Front Lighting System. The new Adaptive Front Lighting System allows the headlamps to rotate left or right into corners as the driver turns the wheel. By illuminating the road ahead in the direction in which the vehicle is traveling, the Forester’s night visibility is greatly improved, particularly useful in poorly-lit rural areas.

All existing safety equipment on offer is fitted as standard to every model in the Forester range, including twin front, side, curtain and knee airbags, Subaru Vehicle Dynamics Control (VDC; Subaru’s electronic stability control system) with trailer stability, and Subaru’s hallmark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive technology.

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The 2016 Subaru Forester features a range of modifications to improve ride quality and agility, and ensure greater refinement for passengers.

Updated suspension settings at the front and rear ensure the car remains comfortable and refined, particularly over broken or choppy surfaces, while the adoption of a new steering gearbox quickens the steering ratio (from 15.5:1 to 14.0:1) to improve reactions to steering inputs.

The range of engines remains unchanged for the 2016 Forester; buyers can choose from three 2.0-litre horizontally-opposed four-cylinder engines – a 150 PS naturally-aspirated 2.0i petrol engine and a 147 PS 2.0D turbo-diesel unit from Subaru’s FB family of engines, and a 241 PS direct injection turbocharged (DIT) petrol unit, engineered for high power, responsiveness and efficiency.

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A 6-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard to 2.0i cars, with a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission. Lineartronic is standard on XT models, equipped with the 241 PS DIT petrol engine.

In uneven or slippery road conditions, the all-terrain capability of the standard Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive is enhanced further with the X-Mode on Lineartronic CVT models, a control system which includes Hill Descent Control and makes traction even better than the outgoing model’s.

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Will ISUZU Malaysia Introduce Servicepack equipped trucks here?

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The new NLR 45-150 Servicepack is part of what Isuzu describes as its ready to work range and in typical marketing spin says that it is “Equipped with class-leading technology and the ‘can do’ attitude that accompanies Isuzu’s ready to work range.”

The Servicepack follows on from its other successful ready to work models including the factory-built Tipper models and the re-designed Tradepack and Traypack models.

The new Servicepack is crafted with a smart, flexible package which can trace its origins back to the release of the first Isuzu Tradepack model in 2003.

That was a game-changer for Isuzu back in 2003 and the entire initial range quickly sold out across the country setting a new benchmark for the light-duty sector.

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Its attraction was that it came fitted with a high quality tray body, bull bar and a three-year extended warranty and was the first of its kind to be driven from the showroom, and ‘ready to work’.

Isuzu says its ready-to-work range has continued to evolve and expand bringing various application vehicles to the market ever since, and Isuzu is confident the NLR Servicepack will be every bit as popular as its predecessors.

The new NLR Servicepack model is available with a 5-speed manual transmission or Isuzu’s 6-speed automated manual transmission (AMT), making it easier to drive on a passenger car licence.

Ample on-board storage is provided with eight lockers of various sizes, each fitted with internal LED lighting for optimum visibility no matter what time of the day or night you’re called to work.

Between the two rows of lockers is a central storage area with load rated tie-down hooks, while the integrated-step towbar and reversing camera add to the form and functionality of the vehicle.

The NLR is both compact and nimble, with a tight turning circle and short wheel base dimensions that fit comfortably into any standard driveway – perfect when home is the base of your operations.

With a GVM of 4,500 kg, GCM of 7,000 kg and towing capacity of up to 2,500 kg, the latest ready-to-work vehicle offers strong payload backed up with serious power credentials.

It’s Powered by the Isuzu 4JJ1-TCS, 3.0 litre diesel turbo charged and intercooled engine delivering power of 110 kW @ 2,800 rpm and torque of 375 Nm @ 1,600 – 2,800 rpm and meets the Euro V emissions standards.

Isuzu Australia Chief Engineer, Product Strategy Simon Humphries says this latest offering is a real win for those tradespeople in the market for a work or field service vehicle.

“The Servicepack is the perfect fit-for-purpose solution, it’s the same size as a traditional ute and boasts a superior 1.5 tonne payload and the full suite of trucking credentials behind it.

“Drivers can be confident they’re carrying their load legally, and in turn the handling and control is second to none as the Servicepack is custom-built to carry these payloads.

“The compact proportions of the Servicepack make it perfect for accessing work sites and getting as close to the task as you need to on domestic jobs.

Safety standards are also strong in the NLR with driver and passenger airbags, pretensioner load limiting seatbelts on driver and passenger seats, Isuzu Stability Control System (IESC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Anti-Skid Regulator (ASR) and an ECE-R29 compliant cab.

Driver comfort is also taken care of with the Digital AudioVisual Entertainment (DAVE) unit that provides a 6.2”L C D touch screen, DAB+ digital radio and fully integrated Bluetooth with voice recognition.

 

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Amarok pick-up given the latest Volkswagen design

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The first sketches of the forthcoming Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Amarok have been revealed today, showing clearly the values of the premium pick-up. Like previous iterations, the latest Amarok will combine passenger car-like on-road manners with full off-road capability.

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A more athletic front and a modified instrument panel emphasise the powerful Amarok look and give the vehicle a more premium feel. With a length of 5.25 metres and a width of 2.23 metres (mirrors included), the Amarok fulfils all that is expected of a classic pick-up in both style and concept.

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Striking features of the design and of the new commercial vehicles instrument panel feature prominent horizontal lines. Round contours give way to horizontal and vertical lines, giving a more striking appearance.

More details will be published in due course. The model is expected to go on sale in the UK before the end of the year.

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