It’s been a long time since Volkswagen offered a pickup in the United States. The Rabbit-based pickup ended production back in 1984, and due to the odd Chicken Tax law in the US, VW hasn’t been able to offer a truck without building it locally. This situation might soon change, though. While it’s never been offered in the US market, the mid-size Volkswagen Amarok has proven successful worldwide. VW trademarked the name for the US in 2018, but the model never ended up arriving stateside.
The German automaker has once again filed to protect the “Amarok” name with the USPTO on May 13, 2021, and this time might not be a false alarm. Thanks to a partnership between VW and Ford, the next-generation Amarok could end up in North America.