In America, the most rugged vehicle in the VW stable is the Touareg SUV, but elsewhere, the Amarok is a mid-size pickup that actually stands larger than many of its competitors. The word “Amarok” supposedly means “Wolf” in Inuit, and this wolf gets either a 2.-liter turbocharged gas, or 2-liter diesel engine. And unlike many of its American counterparts, this pickup actually has the option of a manual transmission. (Many other international trucks have stick shift options)
A long time ago, the Hilux and the American-sold Toyota Pickup were nearly the same vehicle. This video is not only one of the most iconic Top Gear skits of all time, it is an incredible homage to the indestructibility of the Hilux. Today, the Hilux is a far more sophisticated vehicle, but still maintains its rugged roots.
It is actually based on the same chassis as the Toyota 4Runner, and is sold in Australia, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
The U.S. Ranger went largely unchanged for years. To tool up a replacement would have been too expensive. As a result, the American model was long-in-the-tooth, yet cheap, so sales were strong well into its final years. But the international Ranger is an upscale, attractive vehicle, with an interior that looks more attractive than that of any truck available in the States.
Ford Performance Vehicles Cobra Ute
You’ve always wanted a Shelby-branded pickup, right? For a while we had the SVT, and the idle promise that was the Tremor, but in Australia, they have the FPV (Ford Performance Vehicles) Pursuit Cobra. It has a car-like ride, a big pickup bed, that great dual-racing-stripe look…oh and a 5.4-liter V8 that makes 404 horsepower and 398 lb-ft.
Up until 2014, the Navara and the Frontier were closely related. We haven’t heard one word about a new Frontier coming to the U.S. market, but overseas, the new Navara was released last year. It is a much sleeker design, and a competition model is running in a number of races, including the Coupe Ralleye Quebec series and the South African ASBA Off-Road series.
The U.S.-spec Colorado is finally back, but it feels like a rolling compromise, but the Holden Colorado is made for real work. It features a push bar and something that American buyers are still waiting for…a diesel engine.