Hi Bob Aldons from Car Business here with a story on the Volkswagen Varok. Jay Ramey, our international colleague from autoweek.com, has penned a story of two former Volkswagen interns who’ve designed a ‘transformer’ type vehicle that apparently will be suited to Australia and our peculiar needs.
The only problem with Jay’s story is that he doesn’t seem to be aware that Ford has finished production in Australia and that Holden isn’t far away from the same. And yes, Aussies still love their utes but in a far more relevant form than a single cab, Subaru Brumby looking vehicle. But I’m sure that Volkswagen will assess the design and consign it to the bowels of the Volkswagen Wolfsburg design studio – just saying.
The ute might have faded from our roads long ago, but Australians are still fans of this laid-back body style even though the market is rapidly turning to American-style pickup trucks. Ute production is mostly down to just Holden and Ford models at this point, but a pair of former Volkswagen interns have imagined what a ute from Wolfsburg would look like.
Valentin Fuchs and Pierre Joveneaux have created renderings of a concept dubbed the VW Varok, which can convert from a ute to shooting brake via removable rear-roof and side-window panel. This approach is not new, per se, though sketches of the Varok demonstrate a balanced design that we could see happen in production form.
The interior features room for three thanks to a bench seat, while the bed is large enough to haul a smallish dirt bike. With the top up, the Varok can carry a surfboard, kayak or canoe.
The Varok is just a design exercise for now, and VW seems happy to offer the midsize Amarok pickup down under and in nearly every market but North America, with automakers having turned their backs on the ute body style as a whole.
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