Volkswagen has confirmed their 2010 Robust pickup was just too robust for the European market (and gas prices). Though the decision makes sense in light of current trends, we'd like to point out the VW pickup has been undergoing advanced testing and isn't completely dead, since VW will continue with planned production in Argentina for emerging markets.
The straw that broke the camel's back was apparently a study that showed there wasn't a market in Europe for a vehicle with a "huge loading space," which seems to totally miss the point. After all, most people in this country buy trucks absent any overriding need for any of the space features they offer. [Forbes]