Volkswagen builds pickups like the Amarok and Saveiro for other countries, but sadly, it has no official plans to bring a pickup truck to the US. If you look at what the German automaker has been up to lately, however, it certainly seems like VW is very interested in entering the market.At last year’s New York Auto Show, VW showed off its definitely-not-for-production Atlas Tanoak concept — basically its Atlas midsize SUV, but with a pickup bed out back.This year, the automaker has brought its smaller Tarok pickup (based on the MQB platform that also underpins the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta), which looks a lot closer to production, but, unfortunately, is also just a concept. Scott Keogh, Volkswagen Group of America’s CEO, revealed some insights about how a small pickup might work in the US during a Wednesday media roundtable session I attended at the NY Auto Show.”I think we can comment with an extremely, let’s say, smart price point,” Keogh said. “I don’t want to, you know, start to give away price points, but I think you could put a vehicle like that in the marketplace in, let’s say, the mid-20s with proper engine, proper everything.”Again, VW hasn’t committed to a US truck, and Keogh cautions that the company’s investigation into the idea is “all early days,” but clearly it’s putting a lot of thought into the idea. Further, its new truck and van partnership with Ford could help facilitate its developing such models more quickly and less expensively. Still, the thought of a capable, well-equipped small pickup for not a lot of money could resonate in a US market that once bought hundreds of thousands of compact pickups.Enlarge ImageA production version of the Tarok trucklet would be sweet, especially if consumers got some of this concept’s delicious interior cues. Steven Pham/Roadshow “I do see an opportunity where these trucks have all moved into the 50s and the 60s [pricing] and beyond,” Keogh added, alluding to the escalating price of full-size pickups. “That is the price of an expensive luxury car, not a normal luxury car, and I think there is an opportunity because people do need these vehicles, and I think Volkswagen’s always made cars for people who need vehicles. You know, they have families, they need safety, they need things, so you have to hit a good price point, and I think we can.”A small VW pickup could have another party trick: fuel economy. “Depending on what drivetrain we put in there, you could also get phenomenal fuel economy out of that thing,” Keogh said. A fuel-sipping trucklet would certainly stand out amid a US pickup market loaded with full-size rigs that struggle to get combined miles per gallon ratings in the high teens. Sure, there are efficient midsize trucks in the American market like the Chevy Colorado Duramax diesel at 20 miles per gallon in the city, 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined, but that starts at $37,675. If VW could pull off an affordable compact pickup that gets mid-20s combined fuel economy, but for around 10 grand less, that might just provide enough of a business case to build one.VW may also have some small-truck competition in the pipeline, too. Ford recently confirmed that it’s planning a sub-Ranger-sized pickup, but the jury’s out on whether the mini truck will make it to America. In addition, Hyundai is planning on bringing its small Santa Cruz pickup truck to the US “as soon as possible.” May 29 • 2020 Ford Escape: Everything there is to know 2019 Volkswagen Arteon first drive: Flagship fastback feels familiar More From Roadshow Tags New York Auto Show 2019 Volkswagen reading • Volkswagen’s US CEO says around $25,000 would be a smart price for a small pickup Share your voice New York Auto Show 2019 Comments 24 Photos 2019 Mazda CX-9 review: Losing its edge? VW Atlas Tanoak pickup is still a hard maybe Apr 19 • Acura MDX PMC Edition is a hand-assembled SUV in brilliant red paint 3 VW Tarok pickup concept is in New York to gauge your reaction 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Apr 19 • Check out the gory details in Honda’s IIHS crash-tested HR-V 46 Photos • Volkswagen Car Industry Trucks Concept Cars Future Cars See All
Close 6GB Model Add-ons 128GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD card IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/0:41Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:39?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Apple and Samsung Finally Reach A Truce Galaxy A70 Display 32MP main with F1.7 aperture8MP Ultra-wide (123-degree) with F2.2 aperture5MP Depth sensor with F2.2 aperture Price 4,500mAh with 25W super-fast charging via USB Type C charger Processor Front Colours Storage ModelFrontGalaxy A7032MP with F2.0 apertureModelBatteryGalaxy A704,500mAh with 25W super-fast charging via USB Type C chargerModelNetworkGalaxy A704G-LTEModelAdd-onsGalaxy A70On-screen fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, Dolby Atmos to provide a 360-degree surround sound, Widevine L1 supportModelColoursGalaxy A70White/Blue/BlackModelPriceGalaxy A70Rs 28,990 White/Blue/Black Android Pie OS 32MP main with F1.7 aperture8MP Ultra-wide (123-degree) with F2.2 aperture5MP Depth sensor with F2.2 aperture Rs 28,990 Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core Battery RAM Network 4G-LTE Camera On-screen fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Samsung Pay, Dolby Atmos to provide a 360-degree surround sound, Widevine L1 support 6.7-inch full HD+ (1080x2400p) super AMOLED with Infinity-U design World’s leading smartphone-maker Samsung seems to be on a roll in India; having released seven phones, three M series (Galaxy M 30, M20 & M10) and four A (Galaxy A10, A20, A30 & A50), it is set to bring the new Galaxy A70.Samsung’s A70 made its global debut along with A80 in Europe, earlier in the month and now, it will soon hit stores early next month for Rs 28,990. It will be available for pre-booking between April 20 and April 30. Consumers, who ordered the device during the aforementioned timeline, will be able to buy Samsung U Flex, a premium Bluetooth device worth Rs 3,799 for Rs 999 only. Samsung comes with Infinity-U displaySamsung India Newsroom (screen-grab)Starting May 1, Galaxy A70 will be available for sale in three vivid colour options- White, Blue and Black across all retail stores, Samsung e-Shop and Samsung Opera House and also on Flipkart.The highlight of the Galaxy A70 is the triple-camera setup, which comes with a 32MP main sensor with F1.7 aperture, 8MP ultra-wide (123-degree) snapper and 5MP depth sensor. It boasts features Samsung’s intelligent Scene Optimizer which analyses a scene across 20 modes and adjusts the colour, contrast and brightness to instantly optimize image quality. For Selfie buffs, there is a 32MP front camera that allows them to express and connect in fun ways using features like AR-Emoji and Selfie-Focus.Another notable aspect of the Galaxy A70 is the battery; it houses a huge 4,500mAh cell, which is more than enough to keep the phone running for more than a day and it can be noted that the device sports a 6.7-inch full HD+ super AMOLED screen with Infinity-U display design. Samsung Galaxy A70 is set to hit stores in India in early May 2019.Samsung India Newsroom (screen-grab)Samsung phone also supports Widevine L1 format, so that HD content on Amazon and Netflix can be watched on the big screen and it boasts 25W super fast USB Type C charger.Other stipulated features include 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, Android Pie OS, Dolby Atmos surround sound system, Samsung Pay secured payment system and on-screen fingerprint sensor in the display, just above the base.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy A70:ModelModelGalaxy A70Galaxy A70ModelDisplayGalaxy A706.7-inch full HD+ (1080x2400p) super AMOLED with Infinity-U designModelOSGalaxy A70Android PieModelProcessorGalaxy A70Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-coreModelRAMGalaxy A706GBModelStorageGalaxy A70128GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD cardModelCameraGalaxy A70Main 32MP with F2.0 aperture Main
Sophie TurnerGetty ImagesIs there trouble brewing in BFF paradise? Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are best friends, but could it be that the pair is drifting apart? Sophie reportedly got married to Joe Jonas last week without inviting her best pal Maisie Williams.And now the Game of Thrones actress has dealt another blow apparently snubbing Maisie’s request to be her plus one at the premiere for forthcoming X-Men film, Dark Phoenix.Reportedly Sophie posted a tweet about a contest she’s involved with for Omaze, offering one fan the chance to attend the screening with her. ‘Want to be my plus-one at the Dark Phoenix premiere and hang with the X-Men cast? It’s all to support 4 incredible causes!’ she posted to the micro-blogging site.Maisie piped up, replying: ‘omg pick me pls.’To which Sophie responded: ‘Fat chance.’ Maisie Williams and Sophie TurnerGetty Images We have to say the pair had us worried for a second. But it looks like the exchange was in good fun and the two best friends are still very friendly. The pair play sisters on the hit HBO TV show Game of Thrones.Jean Grey is arguably one of the most powerful mutants out there and she is one of the biggest threats the X-Men have ever faced. X-Men: Dark Phoenix will hit theatres on June 20 2019. But fans will not have to wait that long to watch Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones. The fifth episode of the final season will air on May 12.
Shah Rukh Khan in the Don series.Social media went berserk ever since the news of Shah Rukh Khan opting out of Don 3 made its way to the platforms. Other established names like – Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal started floating around as the probable heroes if Shah Rukh finally decides to opt out. However, let us burst your bubble. It seems that the Don franchise has come to an end as there might not be any more movies in the series.Yes, you read that right. As per a report in Deccan Chronicle, Shah Rukh Khan is not interested in being a part of the franchise anymore and hence Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar might not make Don 3 after all. The report further states Farhan Akhtar doesn’t have a script doesn’t have a plot and the news of other actors taking over the series is absolutely baseless.Farhan Akhtar is currently busy with the shooting of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Toofan, where he would be seen playing a boxer. Apart from that, he has just finished the shooting of The Sky is Pink with Priyanka Chopra. Moreover, it has almost been a decade since Farhan last directed a film and since he is busy with his own acting and movies, the idea and plot for Don 3 has not even crossed his mind.Handsome hunk Farhan Akhtar and his gorgeous girlfriend Shibani Dandekar have been painting the town red with their public display of affection. While their Instagram is filled with lovey-dovey photos, the couple can’t seem to stop talking about each other even in interviews. Farhan, who was earlier married to Adhuna Bhabani and has two children, wasn’t earlier very open about sharing his personal life on social platforms. Hence, his family is finding it hard to adjust to his recent behaviour.