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News Volkswagen Might Be Preparing A Small Electric Pickup

Volkswagen Might Be Preparing A Small Electric Pickup

The decades-long absence from Volkswagen in small trucks will last a little longer


  • Not long ago, the Tarok concept indicated VW intentions, but they’ve been modified.

  • Recent entries from Hyundai and Ford have ended the possibility for a petrol-powered small truck from VW.


Volkswagen introduced the Golf Pickup, aka Caddy, in North America just over 40 years ago. It was sold for about six years and in that period, it was quite popular. Fast-forward nearly three and a half decades and VW revealed the very cool Tarok concept. For all, it signified the return of the small pickup from the German automaker but it looks as though it won’t exactly happen as thought.

Volkswagen Tarok pickup concept
Volkswagen Tarok Pickup Concept | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

It’s clear that Volkswagen was intent on reintroducing a small truck to the truck-hungry North American market when the Tarok concept was introduced at the 2019 NYIAS. Unfortunately, since the concept’s debut, both Hyundai (Santa Cruz) and Ford (Maverick) have launched their versions of the small pickup, and this has put an end to the Tarok as it was originally planned.

Not all is lost however as Automotive News reports that a fully electric version of a Tarok-like small pickup is quite possible. This would fit within Volkswagen’s plans as they shift fully over to making and selling EVs.

Volkswagen Tarok Concept
Volkswagen Tarok Concept | Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Tarok Pickup Concept | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Volkswagen Tarok Concept
Volkswagen Tarok Concept | Photo: Volkswagen

Volkswagen Tarok Concept
Volkswagen Tarok Concept | Photo: Volkswagen

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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