Ask Nathan: Electric Volkswagen Pickup, Is VinFast EV For Real, And 2006 Manual Toyota Camry (Forever Car)?


In this week’s Ask Nathan:

  • Is VW serious about the Volkswagen electric van?
  • Are VinFast EV actually going to be sold here (and are they real)?
  • I found a 2006 Toyota Camry manual and I think it could be my car forever – maybe?

The first question comes from a VW fan who wants to know if the Volkswagen electric van is happening here.

Q: (Via: [email protected]) Second question, will the Volkswagen electric van arrive?

You would think it would be a no-brainer for VW to sell a Volkswagen electric van. They have the technology for this and there is a huge need for small, inexpensive mics. Why not?

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A: Yes, we may see some kind of Volkswagen electric van.

First, I should mention that the images I’ve added are of the Amarok and the Tarok – both vehicles certainly look like they could be electrified, but they aren’t – at the moment. We have very little information about what the truck would be. Sure, Volkswagen and Ford have a deal to build the next-generation Amarok on the Ford Ranger platform, but that’s not what we think will underpin an EV pickup.

Scott Keogh, CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, said VW is “actively looking” to bring an electric pickup truck to market. He also said it would be a “one-time chance” for the brand to gain an edge in the US market. I am okay; IF you actually sell something before all the other automakers put something on the market. Now is the time to produce.

I have a theory: The battery-electric MEB platform the new Volkswagen ID Buzz is currently built on can handle over 1,400 lbs of payload. It’s already competitive with mid-size and full-size pickups. Why not use this platform and build a simple pickup? Maybe something similar to the Honda Ridgeline in size?

Seriously, other than a statement from the VW bigwig and some rumors going around, I haven’t received anything.

If you want more information on the (possible) Volkswagen electric pickup, check out The story of TFLTruck.

The next question comes from a fan who wants to know if VinFast EV is actually going to be sold here.

Q: I was wondering if VinFast EV was actually going to be sold here – and if it was the real deal?

Nathan. I’m with you when it comes to automakers building vehicles that are stupidly expensive without thinking about the little guy. I am blue collar and my family income is around 100,000. 20 years ago it was money. Today, with five kids, a mortgage, and two car payments, we’re barely getting by. I love that you are always pushing for economy with car buying. I particularly like your feeling about buying a used electric vehicle for a first car. My eldest is about to turn 16 and used electricals are pretty cheap in Georgia.

It made me wonder about my future and how this country is going. It looks like everyone will get plenty of incentives to buy at least one electric vehicle per household. I can’t get rid of my van yet. But maybe my wife could go EV. The problem is that, as you said, new electric vehicles are WAY TOO EXPENSIVE!

So I looked around to see what was coming. I saw this company from Vietnam called VinFast and was wondering if it was real? I don’t know anything about them but I guess they’re not expensive, are they? They have to come to our market with new cars that will undermine the rest, right? Maybe they will be like Hyundai back then. They could offer real cheap cars with great warranties?

Let me know when you can. I love watching the millions of TFL channels and I love the expansion you are doing.

God protects you!

A: As far as we can tell: VinFast is real, though shrouded in mystery.

Yes, I say shrouded in mystery because they haven’t given TFLCAR or TFLEV access to their vehicles yet. As such, I can only go on what others have said. I will say this, the photos look promising. They build beautiful crossovers. I hear Pininfarina helped with their designs.

Unfortunately, they are not cheap. First of all, their vehicles are styled by Pininfarina and are loaded with high-tech equipment. In the past, they built vehicles based on the BMW architecture, so they weren’t aiming for cut prices. On top of that, they have a subscription service for their batteries.

First, their base vehicle, the VinFast VF8 has a base price of $40,700. That’s not too shabby considering the 82.7kWh battery is estimated to have a range of 260 miles. there’s a bigger battery and a bigger VF9 SUV too. Now, after buying a VinFast, it looks like you must pay for the battery separately – as part of a rental/subscription program. Monthly costs depend on battery size and plan. Prices start at $35.00 up to $160.00 per month.

On top of that, if you get the basic mileage plan, you might have to pay between $0.11 and $0.15 per mile – over a certain number of miles.

As you can see, not everything is settled. Over time, we hope to hear about concrete plans and see if you can actually own the batteries.

I hear they are serious about setting up production in the US. In due time, we will inform you about future developments!

The last question comes from a fan who wants to I found a 2006 Toyota Camry manual and I think it could be my car forever – maybe?

Q: Hello mighty man!

I was thinking what you and my man Scotty said about the old four-cylinder Toyota Camrys. I think I want to buy one and carry on for the rest of my life. There aren’t many manuals out there, especially with a manual transmission. But I found a couple in Dallas that I like. It’s an LE with kind of low mileage, it looks great and it runs as smooth as silk. Never had an accident and it has new tires and brakes. $6,995.

What do you think of the 2006 Camry? I know the price is about in the middle.


A: The Toyota-built 2.4-litre four-cylinder has a well-deserved reputation as a badass.

There are many factors that make old Camrys exceptional. The model you are looking at has a 154 horsepower engine that produces 160 lb-ft of torque. Toyota fitted the Camry with a manual transmission option until 2017. The one you’re looking at is the sixth-generation Camry, which many said was one of the best combinations of comfort, efficiency and capable handling. .

Honestly, the only flaw I encountered was the power of the four-cylinder engine. Still, the manual transmission can help move it out of its own way. If the car is in as good condition as you have indicated, the price is not too bad – considering all the current price increases – on everything cars.

As for a “forever” car? Of course, there are people who will drive those engines and transmission into the ground, and they’ll just replace the powertrain and keep going. One of my oldest friends has a 2012 Camry with a four cylinder and a stick. She bought it new and is approaching 200,000 miles with no issues. Apart from replacing the brakes, battery and tires, as well as reupholstering the driver’s seat, it had no major problems.

It is saying something.

Speaking of “saying something”.


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