Volkswagen‘s new Pickup, seen in concept form for the first time last week at a commercial vehicle show in Hanover, Germany, will go into production at the end of 2009.  It will be built at Volkswagen’s Pacheco plant in Argentina and introduced initially to markets in Europe, South America, South Africa and Australia.

The Pickup is all-new in the Volkswagen commercial vehicles line-up and is the first commercial vehicle to be designed under Volkswagen Group design chief, Walter de Silva’s command. 

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The concept vehicule measures 5.18m in length and can take a standard-sized Euro pallet sideways in the flat cargo bed. 
                     
Under the bonnet, new common rail turbodiesel engines will be used in the pickup and VW claims it will be powerful, clean and meet the necessary emissions requirements.

It’s not VW’s first foray into the pick-up market. It sold a pickup version of its Caddy van for some years and also briefly marketed VW-branded versions of Toyota Hilux pickups for a while in the past.

The pickup on show at the IAA was designed for use as a search-and-rescue vehicle by lifeguards, hence the distinctly non-farming kit list that includes a defibrillator and blankets.

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