It is no surprise that the Volkswagen Amarok won the coveted International Pick-up (bakkie) of the Year Award. Scoring 56 points — beating the Mercedes-X-Class on 50 and Toyota Hilux on 41 — the Amarok was crowned the 2018 bakkie of the year in the annual competition by a 25-member jury comprising transport journalists from various countries. The announcement was made at a gala dinner in France at the end of 2017. Yes, it might be a while ago, but the relevance of the award still stands. The jury members voted the Amarok V6 as the best all-rounder in a closely contested competition, jury chairman Jarlath Sweeney said.

"Marks were awarded based on powertrain efficiencies, load volume and capability, driver and passenger comfort and safety aspects, as well as low total cost of operation from a business point of view," Sweeney said. It is not the first time the Amarok has won the coveted title with the model having bagged it in 2010 shortly after its market debut. The latest awar...

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