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VW shows off AAC sport utility
VW unveiled a rugged looking, V10 diesel-powered sport utility at the Detroit motor show
13 Jun 2000
VOLKSWAGEN'S AAC (Advanced Activity Concept) truck, revealed at the Detroit motor show, provides the first indication of what its proposed off-roader will look like.
VW and Porsche announced in 1998 their plans to jointly develop a four-wheel drive wagon with each company marketing its own version of the vehicle.
Annual production volumes are expected to reach 100,000 - 80,000 for VW and 20,000 for Porsche. At least half of these will be sold in the US.
The off-roaders are expected to make their Australian debuts in late 2002. Expect to pay around $60,000 for the VW version and at least $100,000 for the faster and more luxurious Porsche variant.
VW's board member in charge of marketing, Mr Robert Buchelhofer, said entering the off-roader segment was essential in view of recent market trends.
VW US spokesman Mr Steve Keyes reinforced this argument, saying: "If you're going to be a world player, you need to compete in all segments".
The AAC truck - a cross between a utility and a luxury sedan - provides some clues as to what VW's proposed four-wheel drive wagon could look like.
With chunky, flared guards and a huge 391mm of ground clearance, the AAC has a rugged, purposeful look about it.
At its heart lies a monster V10 diesel engine that cranks out an imposing 233kW. Time will tell whether this powerplant - or a variation of it - will be used in the production off-roader.
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