Volkswagen unveiled two Atlas-based concepts -- the Atlas Cross Sport and the Atlas Tanoak -- at the New York auto show. The Tanoak unibody pickup was a surprise, though VW said it has no plans to put the concept into production. Instead, VW is using it to gauge potential consumer interest, given that the brand wants to reach 5 percent of the U.S. light-vehicle market within 10 years. Here are some snippets of reactions to the Tanoak from the automotive media.
"The resemblance to the Atlas SUV -- not to mention the smaller Atlas Cross Sport Concept -- is certainly clear. Light-up badges adorn the front and rear, the rear door handles are integrated into the truck's C-pillar and the low-hinged tailgate adds 26.1 inches of length to the already sizeable 64.1-inch bed.
"A number of thoughtful pickup truck touches are found inside, including a redesigned shifter that's easier to handle while wearing work gloves. Otherwise, while the majority of the truck's interior is new, the Tanoak bears a solid resemblance to the Atlas on which it's based."
-- Steven Ewing, Roadshow by CNET