With the Dakar rally currently underway, Volkswagen has announced their fleet of 35 Amarok pickups are performing well under the grueling conditions.

With the Dakar rally currently underway, Volkswagen has announced their fleet of 35 Amarok pickups are performing well under the grueling conditions. Back in November VW announced the new Amarok pick-up truck would be the official support vehicle.

To deal with the difficult terrain, the Amaroks are equipped with an electronic differential lock, off-road anti-lock brakes (which shortens braking distances in off-road conditions or gravel roads), hill decent assist, and hill hold assist.

This year's Dakar rally started on January 1st, from Buenos Aires, and includes a trip up the Andes Mountains, an adventure through the Atacama Desert, and a return voyage to Buenos Aires on January 17th.

According to Stephan Schaller, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, "We are thrilled to put the new Amarok through its paces as part of this long distance challenge, the world's toughest, before its official launch."

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