The completely knocked down (CKD) pickup trucks are sent from Germany and Argentina.

The posh midsize pickup truck coming from Volkswagen has been in production since late 2009 when it first hit the assembly line at the factory in General Pacheco, Argentina. Since mid-2011, the workhorse has also been put together at home in Hanover, Germany. These two factories are now supplying all the necessary parts to assemble a complete Amarok in Quito, Ecuador.

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Initially, completely knocked down (CKD) Amaroks will be imported for an annual production run of approximately 2,000 units. Should there be customer demand for more pickup trucks, the factory has enough capacity to boost assembly to as many as 10,000 vehicles per year. Local contract manufacturer AYMESA is in charge of the operations and will focus on the Trendline version of the Mercedes X-Class competitor in both its two-wheel drive and 4Motion flavors.

The announcement comes days after the unveiling of two new Amarok versions. One of them is a limited-run Dark Label special edition with a number of styling accents, while the other is a much more interesting Exclusive concept. The latter dials the output of the turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 by 34 hp (25 kW) to a grand total of 258 hp (190 kW), thus likely hinting the production Amarok will sooner or later receive the added diesel punch.  A torque figure has not been released, but VW has said the BiTDI engine has more than the 406 pound-feet (550 Newton-meters) available today.

Another new production facility for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is located in Relizane, Algeria where the company’s joint venture with SOVAC Production S.P.A. makes the Caddy. At the same venue, the ever so popular Golf also comes to life, together with the SEAT Ibiza, and the Skoda Octavia. In total, the factory assembles more than 100 vehicles on a daily basis.

Source: Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles

Gallery: VW Amarok assembly in Ecuador

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  • Dr Baumert, Member of the VWCV Board of Management for Production and Logistics, launches operation with local partners FISUM and AYMESA
  • Dr Baumert: "Reinforcing our regional presence by production in Quito"

Quito / Hannover, 8 September 2017 – Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (Hannover) and contract partner FISUM in Quito (Ecuador) have begun operation of the production facilities for the new Amarok model. Around 2,000 pick-ups a year are initially to be made in Quito. To cater for growing demand, production can be increased to around 10,000 vehicles a year.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is supplying FISUM with CKD* parts from various sites for the production operation at local contract manufacturer AYMESA, an affiliate of FISUM. The vehicles being made are Amarok Trendline models with two-wheel-drive or 4MOTION.

At the opening in Quito attended by around 300 guests, Dr Josef Baumert, Member of the Board of Management responsible for Production and Logistics, explained: "For the first time in the history of Volkswagen, vehicles will now be produced in Ecuador. We are delighted to be starting this production operation with our partner FISUM, as we believe that local series production creates excellent opportunities for our pick-up in this growing market. We are thus reinforcing our regional presence by production in Quito." The production operation in Ecuador was a further, important building block in the internationalisation strategy of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, Baumert added. He also stressed: “The manufacturing operation will observe the same high Volkswagen standards as in all our factories around the globe."

Dr Marcos Malo, President of Volkswagen's Ecuadorian partner FISUM, explained: “It is an honour to be able to serve as a contract partner of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on such a challenging project. The faith placed in us is a clear sign of our quality. It is, however, also an indication of our country's potential for realising important forward-looking projects." The project would also create the basis for further jobs, Malo added.

Maximiliano Mayer, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Project Manager, said at the opening: "Manufacturing the Amarok here is the right decision: as an all-rounder, it offers flexible solutions for the challenges of everyday life."

"The reliable delivery of parts to Ecuador is carried out via sites in Germany and Argentina. It is an example of our very good international integration," says Andreas Spindler, Head of International Logistics at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

*CKD (Completely Knocked Down) describes a method of vehicle production in which the complete sets of parts are delivered to and assembled in the importing country.