The Volkswagen Amarok has pulled off a top motoring accolade at the Auto Express New Car Awards 2012, announced at an awards ceremony in London last night, as the winner of its inaugural ‘Best Pick-Up’ award.

Volkswagen Amarok

Most impressively, the Amarok double cab beat key rivals such as the new Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux, with Auto Express commenting: ‘Since its launch last year it has redefined what buyers can expect from a hard-working pick-up truck’.

The Amarok was also praised for its performance and pulling power: ‘The punchy 2.0-litre BiTDI engine produces 400Nm of torque, making it perfect for carrying or towing heavy loads.‘

Steve Fowler, the Editor-in-Chief of Auto Express magazine added: ‘by bringing the kind of cabin quality usually reserved for its passenger cars to a practical commercial vehicle, Volkswagen has raised the bar in the sector.’

Alex Smith, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles collected the award and said: ‘The other good news for the Amarok is that we are launching an automatic transmission model this summer, and with production for Europe moving to our factory in Germany, there will be more vehicles for the UK and shorter waiting times.’

Other recent awards for the Amarok include ‘Manliest Motor’ from Zoo magazine, as well as successful class wins from What Van?, Trade Van Driver and 4×4 magazine.

The Amarok range offers three trim levels, a choice of permanent or selectable 4MOTION, and a load area wide enough to fit a ‘euro’ pallet, with retail prices starting from £18,795 (plus VAT), or with the latest offers from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, from £299 a month (plus VAT and initial payment).