VW stays with the pick-up diesel and at the same time invests in electric

It’s about sticking with Volkswagen’s workhorses on diesel and making new ruts on the electric front.

The new Amarok pickup is coming in the second quarter of next year, while a major expansion prepares them to become a battery powerhouse in the global market.

The Amarok is the more immediate arrival, so let’s deal with that first. It has been improved in all areas, they say, and recently had its world premiere. It will launch worldwide at the end of the year.

There are more than 20 new driver assistance systems and several turbo diesel engines.

The all-rounder was designed in Germany and Australia and is produced in South Africa.

There will be several variants: “Amarok”, “Life” and “Style” as well as the top models “PanAmericana” (off-road styling) and “Aventura”.

The new pick-up is launched here as a four-door crew cab.

At 5,350 millimeters, the new Amarok is 96 millimeters longer than its predecessor. A wheelbase of 3,270 mm means an increase of 173 mm.

This creates more space, especially in the second row of seats in the double cab, an area where pick-ups are often accused of being scarce.

In this case, the wheelbase has increased much more than the overall length. This shortens the body overhangs and, according to Volkswagen, means sharper proportions and improved off-road mobility thanks to better approach angles.

The gauges on the dashboard include a digital cockpit of various sizes. I’m happy to report that the volume of the infotainment system and the settings of the four-wheel drive system are among those controlled by hard keys. Depending on the specification, these elements are framed in aluminium.

The Harman Kardon sound system is standard in the PanAmericana and Aventura, and you can have it as an option on other specifications.

They keep calling it ‘premium’ and using a lot of examples like the new seating. The driver and front passenger get ergonomically designed seats, which are electrically adjustable in the higher equipment.

I mentioned the back. They claim there is plenty of space and comfort for three adult passengers.

And there is “enough” space in the cargo box for payloads of up to 1.16 tons (it used to be one ton).

The loading area between the wheel arches offers enough space for a cross-loaded Euro pallet.

The cargo box can be secured with an electrically operated roll-up cover that can be opened and closed from the box itself, from inside the vehicle or by remote control from the vehicle key.

In addition, the static roof load is 350 kg – enough for a four-person roof tent (which will be available as an accessory).

Alloy wheels range up to 21 inches, all-terrain tires up to 18 inches, and there are multiple trailer mounts.

Off-road elements include optional underbody protection elements, an off-road chassis and a snorkel on the left A-pillar for air for the engine when crossing water (wading depth increased from 500mm to 800mm).

Five turbocharged diesels and one turbocharged petrol will go on sale, although I don’t see too many customers buying the petrol version here.

There is a two-liter TDI (150 hp, 170 hp, 204 hp or 209 hp) and a three-liter V6. It pumps out 241 hp or 250 hp depending on the market. The 2.3-liter petrol engine produces 302 hp 2.3. There is also a new 10-speed automatic gearbox and a 4MOTION system.

A new 10-speed replaces the eight-speed automatic currently used, but there will be a six-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed or five-speed manual for different engines.

There will be two different 4MOTION systems: one with selectable all-wheel drive and one with permanent all-wheel drive. There are six driving profiles to cover different ground conditions.

Among the more than 20 new driver assistance systems is adaptive cruise control, which allows road signs to automatically control speed via camera scans.

In the meantime, let’s move from the diesel engine to the electric age and pave the way with a new approach to batteries from Volkswagen.

The automotive giant is pushing ahead with its e-mobility strategy and has broken ground on its first cell factory in Salzgitter to start its battery offensive.

Production will start in 2025. With immediate effect, the new company PowerCo will be responsible for the worldwide battery business.

In addition to cell production, it will be responsible for the entire battery value chain. By 2030, the company will invest more than 20 billion euros in the expansion of the business area, generate annual sales of 20 billion euros and employ up to 20,000 people in Europe alone.

Volkswagen said: “The Salzgitter cell factory should be the blueprint and starting point for a global battery offensive – with six cell factories in Europe and the prospect of further factories in North America in the future.”

PowerCo’s goal is to have a green unit cell manufactured with green electricity and a recycling rate of more than 90 percent as part of a raw material cycle

After Salzgitter, the next cell factory is to be built in Valencia.

Sites for three more are currently being identified in Europe, and Volkswagen is exploring the possibility of further giga factories in North America.

This is how PowerCo will become a global battery player that will have a say in everything from raw materials to cells and recycling.

This gives the company a strategic competitive advantage in the race for leadership in e-mobility.

The success with the vehicle platforms is cited as the basis for setting up cell production.

The standardization of the production of battery cells not only includes plants, buildings and infrastructure, but also processes and IT.

Each factory is powered by 100 percent renewable electricity and designed for future closed-loop recycling.

Volkswagen also introduced the prismatic unit cell.

It allows flexible use of a range of different cell chemistries and is used in up to 80 of the group’s models.

The plant should achieve an annual capacity of 40 GWh – enough for around 500,000 electric vehicles.

By 2030, the group plans to operate six cell factories across Europe with a total volume of 240 GWh.

The new unified cell wiring harnesses will reduce costs by up to 50 percent.

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