Report: Volkswagen Considering Expanding Commercial Truck Business to the U.S.
Wolfsburg Says U.S. Offers "Opportunity" for Commercial Expansion
If you've been a reader of Truck Trend for long, you know we're avid fans of Volkswagen's excellent Amarok pickup, which is sold in Europe and South America, but not in the U.S. We've repeatedly been told not to keep our hopes up for Amarok ever being offered in the U.S., but Reuters reports that it seems like the door is at least cracked open for the eventual offering of the Amarok, and some of VW's other commercial-oriented vehicles in the U.S.
With Volkswagen's home market of Europe continuing to face hardships, the company is focusing its expansion and growth efforts outside of the Continent, specifically looking toward Southeast Asia and North America for growth. Jonathan Browning, VW's CEO of North American operations, said commercial vehicles "certainly represent an opportunity" for the company, in a report from Reuters, but remained non-committal about a specific timeframe or model offering.
The most obvious prospects for VW's expansion into the commercial sector would be the Amarok pickup, as well as the Caddy compact cargo van, which would compete with the Ford Transit Connect, the Nissan NV200, and the upcoming Fiat Doblo-based compact cargo van coming from Ram.