As far as school design projects go, this one is right up there.
A pair of French students have created the Volkswagen Varok concept, a crossover-styled ute that was directly inspired by the Australian-made HSV Maloo.
While it isn’t an official concept from the German automotive giant, the project was undertaken by Valentin Fuchs and Pierre Joveneaux during their internships with the company.
“The goal of this project was to imagine how Volkswagen could enter the Australian market with a [traditional Aussie] ute vehicle,” Valentin said.
Fuchs and Joveneaux also designed a removable canopy for the rear tray that turns the Varok into something of a shooting break, along with bright yellow straps that double up as a canoe carrier.
According to its designers, the Varok has enough room for a three-seat bench inside and a couple of surfboards or a small dirt bike in the tray.
In terms of its design, the Varok is a very futuristic-looking vehicle, while the slim head- and tail-lights give it a sporty and imposing look.
The wide stance and chunky bumpers make the Varok look very tough indeed, while the massive alloys round out the sports utility theme.
Compared to Volkswagen’s existing range, the Varok doesn’t bear much of a resemblance to any current model, though it does share elements with numerous concepts, like the I.D and Budd-e, thanks to its slim lights and clean, straight lines.
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