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Volkswagen Aims to Clinch Diesel Hat-Trick at Dakar Rally

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After the one-two-three finish in January this year, the Volkswagen has decided to continue the successful commitment confirming that Volkswagen will contest the Dakar Rally again in January 2011.

Volkswagen made motorsport history back in 2009 with the diesel-powered Race Touareg, finishing the classic rally with a one-two victory on its first attempt.  This announcement means that the Wolfsburg based automobile manufacturer has the opportunity to clinch a hat-trick on one of the toughest tests in worldwide motorsport.

Commenting on the continued commitment to the Dakar Rally, Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen explained: ‘We now have the opportunity to achieve the diesel hat-trick and to thereby make motorsport history again.  We will again invest all our passion, heart and soul in this project at the next
The Dakar Rally remains at the forefront of Volkswagen’s motorsport involvement. With great innovative achievements and sporting exploits, the engineers from Wolfsburg have established diesel technology with its high fuel economy in top-caliber sport.

The brand pursues an all-new approach with the Scirocco R Cup that is being staged for the first time.  With a CO2 reduction of 80 percent, Volkswagen banks on a novel concept.  The use of bio natural gas combines sustainability and environmental compatibility in motorsport.  Bio natural gas will be used at the 24-hour race on the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring for the first time as well.

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