To understand just how different the United States and Europe are, just look at the market and the offers for pick-ups: last week we looked at some of the American pick-ups, neglecting a few magnificently “ferocious beasts” such as the 1991 GMC Syclone and the romantic vehicles that preceded World War II. We also neglected the future, and the visionary Tesla Cybertruck.
In Europe, on the other hand, we had a hard time finding sensational vehicles, except for the curious Mercedes sold in South Africa and South America that was only half built – or rather, the front half up to the cabin, with the rear liberally interpreted by the recipient countries – or entertaining BMW-branded inventions where serious experiments have been passed as April Fools’ Day jokes to avoid damaging the image and sportive nature of the Bavarian brand.
Very little else is out there, and it’s a shame because for a surfer or a BMX or off-road cycling enthusiast, a nice pick-up would come in handy. Fortunately, VW’s historic Bullies are always there to save the day.