What Was the Volkswagen Pickup Truck Called?

The Volkswagen pickup truck has been a staple of the German automaker’s lineup since the 1970s. In the U.S., it was offered under several different names, including Rabbit Pickup and Caddy, but it was most commonly known as the Volkswagen Pickup or VW Pickup. The VW pickup was an economical and reliable vehicle that appealed to a wide range of drivers, from commuters to outdoor enthusiasts.

The Volkswagen Pickup was first introduced in the U. in 1975, with two engine options: a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.6-liter diesel engine. The vehicle was available with either two or four doors and had seating for two or four people depending on the model selected. It also had a fairly spacious cargo bed that could be used for hauling tools and supplies.

The VW pickup featured many of the same features as other Volkswagen vehicles, including an air-cooled engine, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes, and MacPherson strut type suspensions in both the front and rear for enhanced handling performance.

The Volkswagen pickup truck remained largely unchanged until 1984 when it received some minor updates to its exterior styling and interior features. In 1985, the truck underwent another major redesign with a more aerodynamic look and improved fuel economy thanks to its new water-cooled engine.

The VW pickup also underwent several changes in terms of trim levels over its production run, offering different packages such as a Sport package with alloy wheels, power windows/locks, air conditioning, and even cruise control.


Ultimately, what was the Volkswagen pickup truck called? The answer is simply “Volkswagen Pickup” or “VW Pickup.” This trusty vehicle served many drivers faithfully over its long production run from 1975 to 2004 in various markets around the world.

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Stephen Dunn