Motor Trend is reporting that Jonathan Browning, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, indicated that the US may get the Amarok if the Chicken Tax were to go away. As I’ve indicated in the past it appears that the US may be using the Chicken Tax as a bargaining chip in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.
Interestingly enough the article from Motor Trend also indicates that the Chicken Tax has kept the price of domestically produced small pickups high because of lack of competition.
Here is the quote from Jonathan Browning, taken from the Motor Trend article:
“We do not have any plans to introduce a VW pickup in the U.S. market,” Browning said in Los Angeles. “But if there was no chicken tax, that would be a good time to reevaluate that.”
I think it is time that small truck enthusiasts in the US stand up and demand the removal of the chicken tax. I’m going to email the author of the Motor Trend article and indicate that they should start a petition to get the Chicken Tax removed.