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Versatile Amarok darts off with Pickup of the Year title

Volkswagen's Amarok has scooped the Pickup of the Year title from British specialist off-road publication 4x4 Magazine.

Seven pickups underwent intensive testing by 4x4 Magazine, each judged on their off-road ability, performance on the road and value for money. The pickups were also tested as working vehicles, including comparing towing capacities and engine capabilities.

According to 4x4 Magazine, the Amarok was praised for its 4-wheel-drive 4Motion technology, which gives the driver maximum control on any surface and features an Electronic Stabilisation Programme, Electronic Differential Lock, on and off road Anti-lock Braking System and an 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, Volkswagen said in a statement.

The Amarok's impressive 2.0-litre 178bhp BiTDI turbo diesel engine and eight-speed automatic gearbox were also highlighted as offering superior drive, road response and driveability.

"The range of pickups available in the UK market is extensive," 4x4 Magazine editor Nigel Fryatt commented. "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 with the excellent 8-speed automatic gearbox, there could only be one winner."

Using Volkswagen's latest 2.0-litre common rail diesel engine to bring new levels of refinement and efficiency to the pickup market, the Amarok is just as powerful as, and more efficient than, rivals that use larger capacity units. It also has some of the lowest emissions in the segment, and was the first to dip under the 200 g/km CO2 threshold.

The Amarok range offers three trim levels, with a choice of permanent or selectable 4Motion. It is built at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles factory in Hanover, Germany.

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