THE multi-talented Volkswagen Amarok has added to its impressive award collection by driving off with Professional pick-up and 4x4 magazine's Lifestyle Pick-up of the Year 2018 title. The reigning International Pick-up of the Year comfortably eclipsed its rivals to take top honours.
Unlike many other awards, the Professional pick-up and 4x4 awards are judged by professional users rather than journalists or industry experts. This ensures that the feedback and opinion from the judging panel is even more relevant to potential customers.
Explaining the criteria for the Lifestyle Pick-up of the Year category, Liam Campbell, Editor of Professional pick-up and 4x4 magazine said: "We wanted to find the pick-up that best lends itself to the lifestyle market. Our judging panel went in search of comfort and convenience features, along with great ride and handling and lots of legroom."
This award is the latest in a series of high-profile industry accolades to be awarded to Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in 2018. The brand came home with no fewer than five trophies from the recent Business Van Awards, with the Amarok named as the best pick-up and the Caddy named overall Van of the Year.
Commenting on the Amarok's latest award, Alice Halliwell, Amarok Product Manager said: "This is an important award for us because it is judged by professional users - the kind of people who depend on their vehicle, day-in-day out. The Amarok has proved itself to be a fantastic all-rounder, and this award highlights the fact that it can combine workplace chores with comfort and convenience."
Launched in late 2016, the new Amarok marked a step change in the model's history. Along with a refreshed external look, it also gained a new 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine, an all-new interior and the latest in in-car infotainment systems, safety and technology. The Amarok range has grown steadily since its introduction and now boasts a wider range of drivetrains. In addition to the range-topping 224 PS version with eight-speed automatic gearbox, customers can also choose a 204 PS or new 163 PS version, along with a manual gearbox.
Prices for the new Amarok range start from £25,420 (total RRP inc. OTR exc. VAT).
For more information on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles' award-winning range of products and services, visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk