Volkswagen pickup concept to surprise NY auto show, report says

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In case you feel the lack of a Volkswagen midsize pickup truck is a significant omission, there might be good news for you: Automotive News Europe is reporting that VW could be bringing a pickup concept to the New York Auto Show.

The automaker is set to reveal a pickup concept at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday, Automotive News reports.

Like the Atlas, the pickup would be built off the VW brand's highly scalable MQB architecture and aimed at rivals such as the Honda Ridgeline in an increasingly competitive segment.

Volkswagen may be hitching a ride on an all-American pickup.

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Already at the show, a concept version of a five-seat SUV based on the Atlas is slated to be displayed for the first time. The New York auto show runs March 30-April 8 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th streets in New York City.

The Atlas is now VW's second best-selling model. With consumer preferences shifting toward trucks and utilities, the company is clearly looking at ways to expand the variety of offerings. "The Atlas. and its coming five-seat derivative can get that since both can be sold in China [as the Teramont], but a pickup like this would likely just be for the USA and Canadian market".

A softer MQB-based "lifestyle" pickup truck would give VW a product to help turn around its battling U.S. division, and would be the only such vehicle from a German car-maker there at present. That news came after Volkswagen confirmed that the T-Roc concept unveiled in Europe late a year ago would not make its way across the pond.

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