The special series of Walkinshaw-enhanced Volkswagen Amarok performance pick-ups has reached the end of the production line after 18 months and 2600 vehicles.
That Volkswagen Amarok W580 series from Walkinshaw Automotive Group, a former Holden Special Vehicles tuning company, has reached the end of the local assembly line.
The final vehicle – number 2600 – was completed in late October 2022 at the facility previously used for the Holden Special Vehicles Colorado Sports Cat.
Production of the Volkswagen Amarok W580 series started in March 2021. Of the total series of 2600 copies, 1555 were built in 2022.
The model breakdown since inception has been as follows:
- Volkswagen Amarok W580: 458
- Volkswagen Amarok W580S: 1,419
- Volkswagen Amarok W580X: 599
- Volkswagen Amarok W580SE: 99
- Pilot buildings and others: 25
There were supposed to be 100 examples of the Volkswagen Amarok W580SE, but one of the donor vehicles was damaged during transport to Australia.
The Volkswagen Amarok W580SE contains some equipment from the off-road version W580X and the on-road edition W580S.
Starting at $86,990 plus street cost, it takes the 75-watt LED light bar with integrated switch from the off-road-oriented W580X released earlier this year — and adds a spray-on tub liner, Nappa leather seats and Walkinshaw branding on the front headrest .
At the end of the program there were up to 99 individual pieces from 26 suppliers on the various Volkswagen Amarok W580 Editions.
The last Walkinshaw-enhanced Volkswagen Amarok-Utes are already on their way to the showrooms. Most are taken, but some are still available.
“All the remaining stock has been allocated to dealers and a large proportion has already been sold, but not all have customer names on them Commercial Vehicles in Australia.
Volkswagen Australia said the Walkinshaw program required international approval from its headquarters in Germany and the results had exceeded the company’s expectations.
“We definitely exceeded our expectations,” said Mr Davies (pictured above left, alongside Ryan Walkinshaw on right). “When we first sat here about three and a half years ago, we were talking about a concept that we weren’t sure would work.
“But through the courage of both partners (Volkswagen and Walkinshaw) we decided to give it a try. We set a lofty goal of 2000 (sales) and increased that to 2600 soon after the program started… and we’re very proud of that.”
The program was approved by the headquarters in Germany as part of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ conversion business.
“We were able to get … confirmation from the factory with a so-called official letter without objection,” Mr Davies said. “To have achieved that kind of recognition in Australia…is quite a significant endorsement.”
Volkswagen Australia’s board of directors said the Walkinshaw editions were crucial in maintaining customer interest in the Amarok, which was one of the oldest vehicles in the Ute segment.
“Without a Halo vehicle like the W580 series, we would have had a hard time sustaining interest and engagement (in the Amarok) among Ute buyers,” said Mr Davies.
“Amarok was getting a bit old… and we knew that because we had a few more years to drive it (until the new model was due).
“We weren’t able to factory improve the car late in its life cycle, so we decided to go it alone and partner with Walkinshaw.
“A Halo product helps you sell the rest of the Amarok range and the W580 series has done just that.”
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