VW Amarok official support vehicle for 2010 Dakar Rally

November 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

VW Amarok concept fq

Volkswagen has just announced that 20 of its its upcoming Amarok utilities will be acting as support vehicles for the 2010 Dakar Rally, with a further 15 acting as press and shuttle vehicles.

The Dakar Rally will be the production Amarok’s first appearance, before launching in South America, Europe and the rest of the world including NZ.

Volkswagen will use the event to put the Amarok through some final endurance testing and while it won’t be competing, it must still be able to handle the same rough terrain.

In terms of competing, Volkswagen will be entering four Race Touareg teams in the event, which travels 9000km through Argentina and Chile.

“The Volkswagen Amarok is Volkswagen’s answer to the pickup and on the Dakar Rally it will have the chance to show what it’s made of and to demonstrate its flexibility and durability”, said Stephan Schaller, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

“Moreover, the Volkswagen Amarok is built in Argentina and South America is one of the most important markets for this product, so taking part in the 2010 Dakar Rally was an absolute must for us”, stresses Schaller.

Volkswagen has been clear about its intent to take down Toyota as the world’s number one carmaker. With the German carmaker recently outdoing its Japanese competitor for production numbers (read news), the battle is sure to heat up when the Amarok faces off against the established HiLux.

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