Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ third generation Amarok has been named Pick-up
of the Year in the prestigious International Van of the Year Awards (IVotY).
The Amarok, which first launched in 2011, has now picked up the coveted
International Pick-up of the Year award three times in just 14 years, making it a
unique hattrick for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ beloved workhorse.
A jury consisting of 24 members of leading commercial vehicle publications across
Europe gave the latest Amarok top marks, praising its design excellence, engineering,
safety, and overall performance. Chaired by our own Jarlath Sweeney, who is also
current President of the IVotY and IPUA jury, presented Volkswagen Commercial
Vehicles with the trophy, adding: “Following the IPUA 2023 Group Tests, held in
Greece at the end of last year, the new Amarok impressed. Although a collaboration
project, the VWCV Design Team has managed to maintain the company’s unique
styling and driving traits, which customers will testify.”
Paul Hunt, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland Brand Director, said in
accepting this most prestigious honour in the European Light Commercial Vehicle
industry, that it was recognition of the exceptional quality and innovation embodied
by the Amarok. He further said, "We are incredibly proud to receive this
distinguished honour from the International Van of the Year jurors. To achieve the
‘treble’ in just 14 years of production is testament to the outstanding capabilities of the
Amarok. It’s a vehicle that delivers on and off the road, exceeding customer
expectations in the process.”
Blending robustness with sophistication, the Amarok offers an unrivalled
combination of power and comfort. Its striking exterior design demands attention on
any road while providing excellent off-road capabilities. Inside, drivers and
passengers enjoy spaciousness and premium materials that combine to create a
luxurious environment. Meanwhile, advanced technology and innovative safety
features, including state-of-the-art driver assistance systems, ensure convenience
and peace of mind for all occupants.
Priced from €48,930 and available in Ireland in a five-model series: Amarok, Life and
Style, plus the range-topping versions PanAmericana (off-road styling) and Aventura
Measuring 5,350 mm long, the new Amarok is just under 10 centimetres longer than its
predecessor. A wheelbase of 3,270 mm represents an increase of 173 mm over the
previous model, providing even more space in the double cab.
Depending on specification levels, more than 25 assistance systems are available. The
spacious cabin has a premium class feeling, featuring a practical mix of digital and
analogue controls, high-quality materials and screens measuring up to 12.3in.
Thanks to a payload of up to 1.19 tonnes, a maximum trailer weight of up to 3.5 tonnes
and an improved cargo box design, few vehicles are as capable as the Amarok, on or off
the road. The latest version has an increased fording depth of 80 cm (up from 50 cm
previously) while a new 360-degree camera system takes the guess work out of off-road
Power comes from Volkswagen’s tried and tested 2.0-litre turbodiesels with output of
125 and 151 kW. At the top of the range, the acclaimed 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel
version (with an output of 177kW) adds unparalleled levels of refinement.
Depending on the model series, the Amarok is available with either a six-speed manual
gearbox or a ten-speed automatic gearbox. All models come with 4MOTION all-wheel
drive as standard, either as an engageable (2H, 4H, 4L) or as an extended engageable
all-wheel drive (4A, 2H, 4H, 4L).
This latest IVotY award further strengthens Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’
reputation as a leading manufacturer and solidifies the Amarok's position as a top
choice for pick-up truck enthusiasts worldwide.
For more information about the Volkswagen Amarok and other exceptional vehicles
from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, visit www.volkswagenvans.ie