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  1. Golf I & Jetta I
    I found a 1982 pickup with 145,000 miles on it for sale near where I live for $3,000. I could use a pickup and being a VW person with 5 MKIVs, I need some help deciding on this one. Gasoline engine. I don't know anything about MKIs. I know quite a bit about MKIVs. Compared to the other Rabbit...
  2. TDI and Diesel Forum
    Hey all, I'm super new here and looking at buying my first car. I found a 1982 VW rabbit pickup with a 90s Passat diesel engine. When I talked to the seller he said that the main mechanical things that would need fixed soon are mostly cosmetic but the e-brake cables will need to be replaced...
  3. Volkswagen News Blog
    We honestly don't try to play favorites at VWVortex. But when you're searching for cars for weekly articles, some times you come across a username that looks familiar. And if the car, err, truck is spectacular, you just gotta feature it. And if that awesome ride is a bit out of your budget, then...
  4. Volkswagen News Blog
    Earlier today during the automaker's Annual Media Conference state of the business event, Volkswagen Chair Herbert Diess showed a glimpse of the next-generation of Volkswagen's Amarok compact pickup, which will be the first result of VW's partnership with Ford. The Volkswagen/Ford collaboration...
  5. Volkswagen News Blog
    For the last two New York Auto Shows, Volkswagen has shown off pickup concepts that have been remarkably well-received. Despite that reception, Volkswagen won’t move forward with the Tanoak, according to Hein Schafer, Senior VP, Product Marketing & Strategy for VW USA. “I think, just in terms...
  6. Volkswagen News Blog
    VW has made some interesting cars throughout their history: the Italian-bodied Karmann Ghia, the offroad-esque Thing, and the over-the-top Phaeton uber-sedan. Back in the late 70s, they thought a small pickup truck would be a great addition to their lineup, so they lopped off the back of the...
  7. Volkswagen News Blog
    As has been reported everywhere, Volkswagen is considering a pickup truck for the North American market. Decisions are up in the air, so it could be a while before we see one in dealerships. But if you want a VW badged vehicle with an open cargo bed now, there's one fun option: a Smyth 'Ute...
  8. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen is showing off the Brazilian Tarok in New York this week. Why are they showing off a tiny South American pickup in New York? Well, that takes a second to explain, but it could just work. Despite a tie-up with Ford and the assertion that a VW would be based on the Ranger platform, the...
  9. Volkswagen News Blog
    The Volkswagen Tarok is making its North American debut at the New York Auto Show this week. And that’s a little unusual because the Brazilian pickup wasn’t really designed with us in mind. Volkswagen says it wants to “gauge market reaction” to the compact pickup. At 193.5 inches long, the...
  10. Volkswagen News Blog
    Building on the success of the Tanoak concept, VW has released a new pickup-that-builds-on-an-SUV concept, the Tarok. The concept was revealed at the Sao Paolo auto show earlier today. Smaller than the Tanoak, which is Atlas-based, the Tarok will likely share more in common with one of VW’s...
  11. Volkswagen News Blog
    How can we defend having a Ratty Rescue feature cost more than our Find of the Day ? Well, first this is a rat rod. Rat is literally in the name . Second, it’s a Type 2, which we’ve seen can cost over $100,000 (contingent on the correct number of windows and Jerry Seinfeld having owned it). By...
  12. Volkswagen News Blog
    Remember when Ford and Volkswagen signed a development deal  in June and we were all crossing our fingers for a pickup? Well, it could kind of be happening. Australia’s GoAuto reports that VW’s Australian managing director, Michael Bartsch, thinks an Amarok-Ranger tie-up is the only logical...
  13. Volkswagen News Blog
    When it showed up at the New York Auto Show, people went nuts for the Tanoak. Our own Facebook posts about the pickup were so popular that we got as many likes that week as we get in some months. And it’s no wonder. It’s a design showcase from a powerful carmaker dipping its toes in unfamiliar...
  14. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen is looking at a new mid-size pickup for the US, but it won't be the Amarok. A new report says that Volkswagen is planning a pickup based on the Atlas crossover and it could debut this week. The automaker has been working hard to add more US-centric models. Like replacing the Touareg...
  15. Volkswagen News Blog
    Our latest Find of the Day is a tiny trucklet with a big heart. This MK1 Volkswagen Caddy can be the perfect addition to your garage. By modern standards, the Volkswagen Pickup, as it was officially named, is an odd vehicle. Small trucks were all the rage in the early 80s, and VW engineers...
  16. Volkswagen News Blog
    Volkswagen’s management has proven itself to be excellent at a few things. They can run a hell of a company, they’re good at (ahem) crisis management, and they’re rapidly earning their entry to the Player Haters Ball . A few weeks ago we heard Matthias Müller drop the mic on Tesla ( boy, did...
  17. Volkswagen News Blog
    Patina'd cars are not for everyone. Purists look at these well-worn vehicles and see weeks of bodywork in their future. Bondo, welding, patch panels, and hours and hours of sanding can transform these rusty rides into show queens that win awards. They see unrealized perfection or a literal time...
  18. Volkswagen News Blog
    Building a Beetle pickup conversion is like trying back flip off a table. If you go to YouTube, you'll find that a surprising number of people think they can do it, but the result is usually painful. Occasionally, though, someone succeeds and the result is really interesting, like today’s Find...
  19. Volkswagen News Blog
    As country singers have been saying for years, there’s something about a truck. The Rabbit pick up is just one more chapter in the story of Volkswagen’s star-crossed relationship with America. First built at the ill-fated Westmoreland Assembly plant, the Rabbit Pickup—later Caddy—was how...
  20. Volkswagen News Blog
    Why, is a perfectly good question to ask when confronted with a new project. For instance, if you were to say to yourself, “I’m gonna turn my Beetle into a pick up,” first asking yourself “why,” would not only be acceptable, but advisable. This Californian did not , and then went ahead and...
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