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Amarok let loose in US after chicken tax lifted

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Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency continues to have impact on our country today. I’m not talking about the impact of the Vietnam War. No, I’m talking about the Chicken Tax.

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The tax on potato starch, dextrin, brandy, and oddly enough light trucks was imposed fifty years ago because France and West Germany placed tariffs on imported United States Chicken. Over time, we lifted every tariff, only the light truck tax remains. Primarily, this was in place to secure domestic automakers from import light truck production from Japan and Thailand. If it were to be repealed, Volkswagen gives wishful thinking that the Amarok could be heading to our shores.

Jonathan Browning, VW American CEO, was asked about the pickup that comes in two TDI options after the debut of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado down at the LA Auto Show.

“We do not have any plans to introduce a VW pickup in the U.S. market,” Browning told Motortrend, “but if there was no chicken tax, that would be a good time to reevaluate that.”

Introduced in 2010, the Amarok comes in both two-door single cab and four-door double cab pickups with options of a six-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic. Designed to compete with the Japanese import pickups, the Amarok is larger in size compared to the Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi Triton.

The Amarok gets about 29 MPG. That’s roughly more than eight more than the average MPG from the 2013 Ford Ranger, ten miles than the average 2012 Chevrolet Colorado, and eleven more than the average from the Dodge Dakota.



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