VW to take on Ford & GM with a line of commercial vehicles

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After a decades-long hiatus, Volkswagen is considering a return to the lucrative US commercial vehicle market. 

Company executives report that VW is looking into entering the pickup or van segment, or perhaps both. The two markets have been growing steadily over the past few years.

Which vehicle the company is wants to sell in the U.S. is still unknown, but VW has plenty to choose from. In Europe, it sells the Caddy, an all-new Ford Transit Connect-sized van that was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month; the Transporter, a mid-size van set to be replaced by an all new model next month; and the starter home-sized Crafter, which shares the bulk of its components with the last-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The current Amarok pickup truck (above) that has been sold worldwide since 2010, but is not expected to be sold in the US for several reasons. It’s much smaller than the Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado. Secondly, it wasn’t designed to comply with U.S. regulations. However, the next-gen Amarok, which will be unveiled before the end of the decade, stands a good chance of spawning Volkswagen’s first U.S.-spec pickup since the Golf-based Caddy (which was built right here in Pennsylvania).

If given the green light, Volkswagen’s U.S.-bound commercial vehicles are expected to reach US markets in either late 2016 or early 2017. They will go a long way in helping Volkswagen reach its goal of becoming the world’s largest automaker by 2018.

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