So I had a thought and I followed it up with a bit of quick research. It appears that it is relatively easy for an American to import a Canadian spec’d vehicle from Canada to the US. The website that I looked at basically broke the process down into four cases, the first case was that the vehicle met American specs as well, should be easy to import, the worst case was that the vehicle did not meet American emissions standards and would have to be specially imported. Assuming that the Amarok met American emission standards and the cost to modify the vehicle to meet other American standards were not huge would you import one?
Despite recent talks the chicken tax has not gone away, yet, so you would be looking at a 25% tariff on the cost of the vehicle, making it rather more expensive. However some people like what they like and have enough disposable income to justify to themselves the cost of expensive toys.
Note: Sorry about the link above, I couldn’t resist being a bit evil.
48 Hour update: So I posted a link to this post to a couple of Facebook groups that are dedicated to the Amarok coming to the US. At least a few people have indicated that they would buy a Canadian Amarok. Not scientific and not enough for real market research, but interesting none the less.