Volkswagen Australia is keen to see the outcome of the recently-announced commercial vehicle partnership with Ford Motor Company, particularly the next-generation ute set to replace the current Amarok.
Director for commercial vehicles, Ryan Davies, said we probably won't see the production model until 2022 or 2023, though the local arm is "excited" about what's to come.
"Obviously Amarok's a big story for us because it's such a big market in Australia," he said, "we haven't seen anything in terms of the prototype yet or anything like that."
"It's a good story for us, the fact that we've got a global alliance with Ford on three key products, and having key influences from the Australian market in the development of the Amarok and the Ranger success is a really good news story for both customers of Ford and ourselves."
"We're pretty excited about the prospects there," he added.
On the topic of the Amarok, when quizzed about what the brand would like to see in the new model – given the current ute lacks active safety tech and rear airbags – Davies said the company would like to see improvement in all areas.
"Our wish list would incorporate everything. Whether that's possible to achieve or not is hard to say. As more details come out on the alliance, then we'll start to understand what's possible," he said.
"At this stage we don't really know what that looks like. But we'll be asking everything that we can possibly ask to make sure that we have the broadest lower rage possible to service our burgeoning market," he added.