Local division quotes 2018 sales figures of its popular ute, with the overwhelming majority being high-spec versions.

Volkswagen Australia has detailed the sales split of its Amarok ute range this week, with more than 83 per cent of overall sales being high-spec V6 variants.

In 2018 the company sold 9290 Amaroks in Australia, with 7739 of those being V6 models – an 83.3 per cent share.

That's more than the Amarok's largest market and country of origin, Argentina, where 3931 of the overall 18,201 Amaroks sold last year were V6 versions.

Ryan Davies, director for commercial vehicles at Volkswagen Australia, said the V6-engined ute has been "embraced" Down Under.

"Amarok was already a Volkswagen Australia brand pillar before the V6 came online and changed the ute game up," he said, "With due respect to some excellent rivals from other brands, Amarok V6 is still the benchmark for drivers."

"Amarok V6 variants, but especially the higher grades, have been embraced by owners who want uncompromised performance married to what critics have universally called the best-handling in the ute space."

Davies added the Canyon and Black Edition V6 variants are confirmed for an August launch in Australia, and that a manual version is still on the cards.

"We have not forgotten the promised manual V6," Davies said, "Australia is the only market calling out for this and we're hopeful of bringing it home."

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest Amarok updates.

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