Toyota HiLux Vs Volkswagen Amarok Comparison Test


Toyota's established, market-leading legend, the HiLux, takes on Volkswagen's Amarok. Is the king about to be dethroned?

From: National Roads and Motorists' Association of Australia

Author: Trent Nikolic Date: 23 June 2011

It doesn't get much more significant in off-road or worksite circles than the legendary Toyota HiLux. Not when it comes to utility vehicles anyway… but, new kid on the block, Volkswagen, has plenty of pedigree when it comes to building utes.

See, way back in 1952, you could buy a single-cab Split Screen Kombi. A dual-cab followed not long after, so the Amarok isn't VW's first effort by any means. It's fitting then that the manufacturer of the original 'people’s car' should contest the space occupied by the current 'people's utility'.

We're testing a top-spec HiLux SR5 dual cab with turbo-diesel and manual transmission. Similarly, we have a top-spec Amarok Ultimate (a Highline, which is cheaper than the HiLux by a few hundred dollars, and features selectable four-wheel drive, wasn't available at the time of our test) with twin-turbo diesel and manual gearbox. The HiLux rings the register at $55,690 and the Amarok at $58,490. The only differences between the two vehicles are the leather trim in Amarok – HiLux has cloth – and the low-range system in HiLux – Amarok Ultimate runs permanent four-wheel drive rather than selectable four-wheel drive (this is available in other model Amaroks).

Read more in our Special Section: Amarok Versus The Competition

Amarok To The Rescue

August, 2011

A fleet of 14 new Volkswagen Amarok pick-ups have been rescuing surfers and swimmers in Portugal this summer in one of its first uses as an emergency services vehicle.

The Portuguese National Institute for Search and Rescue has chosen the robust all-wheel drive Volkswagen Amarok for its quick response team which carry essential life saving equipment. Each Amarok has been fitted with an emergency lighting bar, racking for surf boards and an exclusive exterior design inspired by the original Volkswagen SAR pick-up concept vehicle that previewed the Amarok at the IAA Hanover commercial vehicle show in 2008.

'This is a great example of the versatility our new pick-up offers fleet customers and the emergency services sector,' said Al Hemmings, National Sales Manager, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

'We are delighted to add the new Amarok off-roader to our range of commercial vehicles this year which, with the Volkswagen 4MOTION system also available on our Caddy Maxi, Transporter and Caravelle ranges, means we now offer an extensive and versatile choice of all-wheel drive vehicles from vans and people carriers to a robust pick-up,' he continued.

The new Amarok is available as a double cab pick-up with four doors and space for five adults. It has the largest loadspace in its class and the most efficient model in the pick-up sector with lower emissions and better fuel economy thanks to its 2.0-litre TDI engine which produces as much power and torque as rivals still using larger engines.

The New Volkswagen Crafter Features Class-Leading Fuel Economy

August, 2011

The new Volkswagen Crafter officially launched on 1 August when the first vehicles and test drive demonstrators arrived with an extensive advertising campaign highlighting how efficient the new model is with class-leading fuel economy of up to 38.7 mpg, lower running costs and emissions from 199 g/km.

To make it the most efficient in the large van class, the the new Crafter has a new engine range using Volkswagen’s latest 2.0-litre TDI common rail engine, already proven in the new Transporter and Amarok.  It is available with power outputs of 109, 136, 143 and 163 PS, with BlueMotion Technology models offering further savings in fuel costs and emissions, yet delivers the same or higher levels of torque at lower engine speeds than the previous five-cylinder, 2.5-litre BlueTDI engine.

For example, the new Crafter CR35 2.0-litre TDI 163 PS BlueMotion Technology, medium wheelbase panel van achieves 29 percent better fuel economy on the combined cycle than the previous 2.5-litre BlueTDI engine with the same power output. This is the equivalent of up to eight miles further per gallon, which could add over 130 miles to the range of the 75 litre fuel tank.

The new engine is also lighter, and this weight saving not only helps the improvements in fuel economy, but also increases payloads by up to 100 kg.

Emissions have dropped by between 10 and nearly 20 percent. For example, the CR35 2.0-litre TDI 163 PS BlueMotion Technology model has carbon dioxide emissions of 199 g/km, compared to 258 g/km for the previous engine with the same power output. The new Crafter no longer uses AdBlue to achieve these low (EuroV) emissions, yet still qualifies for EEV (Enhanced Environmentally friendly Vehicle) status as standard.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles staff have already attended an intensive training course for the new Crafter, including driving it against its key rivals, and are brimming with enthusiasm that its strong performance, improved refinement and class-beating fuel economy will put it on the shortlist of everyone needing a large van, window van, chassis cabs, or a conversion such as a tipper, dropside and Luton body. The comprehensive model range continues to offer three wheelbases, three roof heights, four body lengths and three gross vehicle weights of 3.0, 3.5 and 5.0 tonnes.

Retail prices have only increased by an average of 1.2 percent, with the latest contract hire and finance lease offer from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Finance.

Comparison of technical data for the new Crafter CR35 2.0 TDI, 163 PS, medium wheelbase panel van:

Volkswagen Teams With Berghaus On Special Edition California Camper

By Noah Joseph

Volkswagen has a rich heritage when it comes to camper vans. But while the German automaker may only offer the Chrysler-built Routan in North America, overseas, it tends to that heritage quite closely, and for its latest model, Wolfsburg has partnered with outdoor outfitter Berghaus for the special edition you see here.

Spun off the Transporter's California line (which somewhat ironically isn't offered in its namesake or any other state in the union), the Berghaus edition packs all the regular features of the standard model and upgrades with some unique touches. That means four seats, an electrically-operated pop-up roof, onboard kitchen and folding dinette. What distinguishes the Berghaus edition, however, is its long list of extra equipment, including a bike rack, folding awning, 18-inch alloys and special badging both inside and out.

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Amarok and Caddy Win British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards

June, 2011

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating again after winning two more awards this year, this time for its Caddy van and the new Amarok pick-up in the British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards.

The new Amarok which went on sale last month, beat all its established rivals to win the Pick-up category, while the new Caddy, launched last year, won the Light Van category.

Volkswagen UK was also crowned overall Manufacturer of the Year for the second year running, with awards this year for the new Sharan in the Large MPV class, the Tiguan in the Crossover class, and the Phaeton taking the title of best Luxury Car for the fourth time.

The British Insurance Vehicles Security Awards are hosted by Thatcham, the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre in Berkshire, and supported by the Home Office, the DfT, What Car? and the AA.

The awards recognize and raise the profile of the best in vehicle security on the newest cars and vans on the market, and are judged on criteria identified by the creators of the New Vehicle Security Ratings (BVSR) scheme. To be shortlisted for the awards, all vehicles had to have a maximum of five stars for 'theft from', had double locking, and an 'E' insurance suffix (indicating they had a feature that exceeds the required standard).

'Security is particularly important for our customers as they depend on their vehicles for their business,' said Simon Elliott, Director, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

'These awards are another demonstration of our commitment to enhancing our vehicles and reducing the cost of ownership for commercial vehicle owners,' he continued.