Report: Volkswagen has killed its European and U.S. pickup program
The same conclusions would likely be reached if the analysis were performed on U.S. data, with even the classic market leading pickups failing miserably over the last few months. The report of the U.S. and EU kill-off of the Robust program comes from Automobilwoche, which also notes that the €233 million investment in the company's Pacheco, Buenos Aires plant in Argentina and continuing demand mean the truck will still be built there, starting in 2009.
Canceling the Robust program means there are 700 jobs in limbo at the 13,000-worker Hanover plant in Germany. VW is looking for other projects to take up the slack left by the Robust, but so far nothing has been announced.