Volkswagen Amarok named 2014 Pick-Up of the Year

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LONDON – Dec 20, 2013: Volkswagen’s highly-acclaimed Amarok has scooped the prestigious ‘Pick-up of the Year’ title from UK specialist off-road publication, 4x4 Magazine.

Seven utes underwent intensive testing by 4x4 Magazine, each judged on their off-road ability, performance on the road and value for money. The utes were also tested as a working vehicle including comparing towing capacity and engine capability, resulting with Amarok as the overall winner.

According to 4x4 Magazine, the multi award-winning Amarok was praised for its 4-wheel-drive 4MOTION technology which gives the driver maximum control on any surface and features Electronic Stabilisation Programme, Electronic Differential Lock, on and off road Anti-lock Braking System and Anti-Slip Regulation, all as standard. The vehicle’s unique blend of practicality and versatility both on and off-road meant it was ranked ahead of all other challengers.

The Amarok’s impressive 2.0-litre TDI420 turbo diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox were also highlighted as offering superior drive, road response and driveability.

Nigel Fryatt, Editor, 4x4 Magazine commented: "The range of pick-ups available in the UK market is extensive. All the vehicles we tested were very similar in terms of being diesel-powered, double cab vehicles, with standard load beds. However, when it came to the Volkswagen Amarok it was obvious that it was a clear winner.

“The Amarok has the best engine of the group, both in terms of on-road response, and off-road ability. When coupled to the excellent eight speed automatic gearbox there could only be one winner."

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