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Amarok Territus Takes Things Up a Notch

March 5, 2023 / 0 Comments / 582 / News, Volkswagen

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VW has decided to up the ante with this model variant of the Amarok, which is known as the Territus. Armed with imposing 265/60/R18 all-terrain mud tyres, that are both huge and wide in dimensions, it immediately stands out on the road. This version of the Amarok, which started production in 2010, comes with side steps, black wheel arches, and anti-rolling bars to give it a rugged look.

To the back of the twin cab is a black bedliner, which is able to manage loads of up to 911kg and has a designated light. Up front are halogen headlights with range adjustment and a blacked-out front grille, with fog lights below.

Though it is still in its first generation, the interior has been tweaked to look more modernised as well as improved in functionality. For example, there is a slight protrusion where the centre display and a/c units are. This helps with air circulation as each unit is angled towards the driver and passenger, respectively.

Where the display is concerned, it is monochrome with touchscreen functionalities. This might be a bummer for some as many drivers have become accustomed to colour screens, however, the more basic a pickup is, the better it is for me. Call me old-fashioned, but the less technology the more durable things are, plus everything functions in a streamline manner, such as pairing your phone or adjusting the audio setting.

What kind of surprised me was the quality of the six speakers. Every time I get a vehicle to test-drive, I go into the audio settings and level all the options, like treble and bass to zero, as this gives me true feedback from the speakers. After this was done, the music sounded clear and powerful in a manner that rivalled a lot of high- end vehicles.

On the top of the dashboard is a storage area, with a rubber surface, to ensure that whatever is placed there doesn’t slide around, and there is also a charging port. The Territus is littered with these ports. There is even a 12V power outlet in the load area. These are the type of things I like to see in pickups because they are most likely going to be used as fleet vehicles, so practicality is essential.

An area where it loses some points is the size of the storage bins in the door. Unfortunately, they are not large enough in girth to hold a 2-litre water bottle, hence you will have to rely on the two cup holders in the centre console.

Driving Experience

For around-town driving the 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel is very nippy, and it pushes out 180hp, which ensures that you can move as quickly as most SUVs.

However, most persons who buy a pickup are interested in how it performs off-road. I remember when the Amarok first launched, it was as though VW was trying to make a casual-lifestyle pickup that competed with the Honda Ridgeline. Well, now the company seems fully committed to building a utilitarian pickup to compete with the likes of Toyota Hilux and Nissan Frontier.

The Amarok uses a permanent four-wheel-drive system called 4Motion which has the ability to shift power to 80% to the rear and 60% to the front. This helps a lot with the intelligent ‘Off-Road’ option which uses a very active hill descent control and anti-brake system. I did notice that this option uses more gas than normal, as it is constantly applying pressure to the ventilated discs brakes, which was a bummer when I was using the petrol version. Luckily, this time, I was driving the diesel variant, and the fuel consumption is very impressive as it can take you on a roundtrip from Kingston to Negril without refilling the tank.

With a ground clearance of 19.2 cm (7.6 inch) and a towing capacity of 3,200 KG, the Amarok definitely means business this time around. It is clear it is ready to get down and dirty with the industry stalwart as it shifts its focus to being fully utilitarian.

Price of tested model: $8,495,000 (full duty)

Price Range/Options: $7,995,000 Comfortline, (full duty)

Engine: 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel

Torque: 420NM/1,500-2,000RPM

Transmission: 4X4 (4Motion)

Fuel tank: 80-litre

Competition: Mazda BT50, Nissan Frontier, Toyota Hilux

Contact info: email – VWSales@atlautomotive.com or telephone – 888-ATL-AUTO

ATL Goes Electric!

April 28, 2022 / 0 Comments / 2155 / ATL News, Audi, BMW, Honda, Kia, MINI, Porsche, Volkswagen

ATL goes electric! – The ATL Automotive Group, Jamaica’s leading automotive dealership, continues to champion electric vehicle (EV) awareness through the launch of the ATL Automotive It’s Electric website.

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Tiguan Allspace: More of everything

January 28, 2022 / 0 Comments / 1068 / ATL News, Volkswagen

OVER two generations of models, the Tiguan has developed into one of the most successful sport utility vehicles (SUV) in the world, and has become a mainstay for Volkswagen Jamaica. With this most recent update, the 2022 Tiguan Allspace has been outfitted with several modern design and performance upgrades that take the family-sized SUV to the next level.

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The Amarok Means Business

October 21, 2021 / 0 Comments / 1448 / ATL News, Auto Reviews, Volkswagen

With the massive success of the VW Beetle, which was a quirky designed vehicle that was intended to be reliable and economical, you would think the company would do more experimental vehicles like this. Instead, they played it safe over the years, with winning models like the Golf, Polo and Passat.

It wasn’t until 2010, when VW decided to shake up the auto world once more by launching their first commercial pickup, the Amarok. Built in a traditional sense with a body on frame, it offered a single and double cab, which drew interest from all over.

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VW Crafter: Crafted for Business

November 13, 2020 / 0 Comments / 1356 / ATL News, New Models, Volkswagen

Commercial buyers are captive to a different set of rules when it comes to their vehicle purchase concerns. Emotions are put aside for hard, cold numbers related to costs. Terms like return on investment and words such as downtime, efficiency, productivity are all banded about when it comes to a final decision for the check to be issued. Having won two awards in the inaugural 2021 What Car? Van Awards, including Best Overall Van, the 2020 VW Crafter Van puts forward a great case to be a positive addition to any fleet.

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Now available to order: the new Golf GTI

September 10, 2020 / 0 Comments / 1778 / ATL News, New Models, Sales, Volkswagen
  • Eighth generation of the Golf GTI with 180 kW / 245 PS is an efficient high-tech compact sports car
  • Networked Vehicle Dynamics Manager guarantees a new level of added performance
  • The unmistakable style of the GTI is extremely popular: more than 2.3 million cars have been sold since 1976

Digital, networked, sharper design and more active driving dynamics than ever before: with the new Golf GTI, Volkswagen again significantly raises the bar in the sporty compact class. The result is a Golf GTI that combines maximum dynamics with maximum comfort. The new GTI is available to order now. (Golf GTI with 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox)

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VW Touareg Continues to Evolve

June 19, 2020 / 2 Comments / 1694 / ATL News, Volkswagen

Believe it or not, there are some among us who would rather not have their wealth on display. That doesn’t mean they want to be slumming it either. They want to retain the trappings of luxury without the unwanted attention. It’s at this moment the Volkswagen Touareg, the brand’s largest sport utility vehicle (SUV), steps in.

From the outside, the Touareg is attractive with its conservative styling. It looks similar to several other upmarket rivals, and will fit in well with whatever is filling those upper St Andrew parking lots, but it won’t pull the unnecessary attention. The Touareg saves that for the inside.

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Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche Get Extended Warranty

May 8, 2020 / 0 Comments / 1637 / ATL News, Audi, Automakers, Porsche, Region, Volkswagen

In light of recent circumstances surrounding COVID-19, The Volkswagen Group of companies says it has extended the warranty period on Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche vehicles.

This extension has been applied worldwide and includes Jamaican customers with cars produced in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, and India. Customers are eligible for the extension once their current warranty has already expired or expired between March 1 and May 31, 2020.

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VW Amarok V6: Unmatched, unrivalled

April 7, 2020 / 0 Comments / 1514 / ATL News, Volkswagen

WHEN we tested the Volkswagen Amarok last year, we nicknamed it Pickup GTI for the punchy performance from its two-litre twin-turbocharged diesel four-cylinder motor and car-like refinement in a rugged off-road capable package. The recently released Amarok V6 adds a hyper-potent three-litre turbo diesel V6 to an already impressive formula. Let’s call this one, Muscle Pickup.

Externally, the Amarok’s styling is unchanged other than the most important thing, that small shiny V6 badge on the driver’s side of the front grille. Inside, your experience will vary based on which of the various trim levels is purchased, but one will not be disappointed by the space, storage options, work-relevant connectivity and a noise level that best some luxury sport utility offerings much further up the price ladder. Even the standard equipment and quality is more than enough for the average owner. For example, the infotainment screen might be smaller, but it retains the speed and ease of use of the larger 6.3-inch touchscreen, still promoting owners that their cellphones are in the vehicle upon shutdown and exit.

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Golf GTI Remains Timeless

March 26, 2020 / 0 Comments / 1255 / ATL News, Volkswagen

Auto Review – The Golf Remains Timeless

The Golf has been in VW’s showroom since 1974 and has spanned eight generations. Some may know it as the Rabbit. Whatever the name, this front-wheel-drive vehicle has always been fun to operate.

Its compact size makes it easy to manoeuvre, and this is evident by the fact that it is VW’s best-selling model.

The silhouette remains the same, with, overall, sleeker edges that help to future-proof it for years to come. The bonnet and front bumper compress the front grille into a thin strip, with the VW badge in the centre. Despite being very minimal, the red radiator grille louvres give the Golf a sporty appearance. At the ends are the angular headlights that run into the side panels, with the LED indicator lights stopping short over the wheel arches.

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