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In the motoring world there's perhaps no tougher test of a vehicle's power, handling and finesse than Germany's Nürburgring. The so-called "Green Hell" features almost 18 miles of track that wraps around 73 turns. It's where the world's super cars, like the Nissan GT-R and Porsche GT2, duke it out for bragging rights and smack-talking claims of who's fastest 'round "The Ring."
The Ring is also the last place you'd expect to find a pickup truck, which is why these shots of Volkswagen's upcoming mid-size hauler are so...um...so...interesting. It appears that VW is out to exercise its future truck's ride and handling capabilities. Or maybe those wacky VW engineers have cabin fever after a long, cold winter?
The front and rear of the pickup, likely to be named Robust, are still camouflaged, though they're expected to look similar to the Pickup Concept that Volkswagen showed at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show last fall.
VW will produce the new truck at its plant in Pacheco, Argentina later this year. It will initially be offered for sale in South America, South Africa, Australia and Europe, but VW says other markets will follow. Powertrain choices are said to include gasoline direct injection and diesel engines.
There's no word from VW whether the pickup broke the Ring's all-important 7-minute mark.