Fake In China: Amarok, What Are You?

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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“An almost 100% perfect copy of the Volkswagen Amarok, which is actually and only made in Argentina” has been spotted in China by Carnewschina. The Hengtian T3 will slot above the Hengtian T1. That one drew its design cues from Chevy trucks, now it’s Volkswagen’s turn to inspire.

According to Carnewschina, The T3 will cost around 70.000 yuan or 11.000 USD. The Amarok is currently not available in China, but that might change. It costs around 35.000 dollar in the US.

Bertel Schmitt
Bertel Schmitt

Bertel Schmitt comes back to journalism after taking a 35 year break in advertising and marketing. He ran and owned advertising agencies in Duesseldorf, Germany, and New York City. Volkswagen A.G. was Bertel's most important corporate account. Schmitt's advertising and marketing career touched many corners of the industry with a special focus on automotive products and services. Since 2004, he lives in Japan and China with his wife <a href="http://www.tomokoandbertel.com"> Tomoko </a>. Bertel Schmitt is a founding board member of the <a href="http://www.offshoresuperseries.com"> Offshore Super Series </a>, an American offshore powerboat racing organization. He is co-owner of the racing team Typhoon.

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  • VA Terrapin VA Terrapin on Jun 14, 2012

    If the Hengtian T3 is a copy of the VW Amarok, then the Amarok is a copy of the Hilux/Tacoma and Ridgeline. The Hengtian T3 has significantly different wheel arches, fender flares, greenhouse, side view mirrors, bumper and headlights compared to the Amarok. The grill, hood and, to a lesser extent, front valance look like copies.

  • Carfriend313 Carfriend313 on Jun 14, 2012

    "It costs around 35.000 dollar" $35? I could've sworn that the one I test-drove was more like £23,000 (excluding VAT). Which made the Amarok even more of a joke - my Nissan Navara (which I found to be superior in pretty much every way) with more kit came to £18,500.

  • MaintenanceCosts So there is no Sonata trim without some type of Theta engine.It seems like they've been doing a bit better when attached to a hybrid system, so that's probably the one to get, but they're going to have to go several years without further engine troubles before I'd trust a H/K ICE product again.
  • Lou_BC Full sized sort of autonomous RC's. Cute.
  • Art_Vandelay Autonomous capabilities are being deployed (or planned anyway) in multiple combat vehicles. Should be fun from my perspective
  • Drew8MR Interior is trivial now you can get repro everything in various levels of quality. Getting the top sorted will be a couple grand, but I'd drive it as it. I drove a $1500 67 GTO convertible for 20 years, not every old car needs to be like new.
  • John Not everyone pays that much for power. Mine is 10 cents per kw…..