The Dakar Rally runs from the 1st to the 17th of January 2010, covering a distance of 9,000km through Argentina and Chile starting and finishing from Buenos Aires.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is the Official Supplier to the Dakar Rally and have chosen the Amarok to be the support vehicle. Organisers will use 20 Amarok with another 15 for press and shuttle vehicles.

The Rally will show the capabilities of the Amarok as it makes its way through all the stages. Four Amaroks will be fitted with additional off-road conversions for the trip.

“We are pleased to be able to use the Volkswagen Amarok as our Support Vehicle, because the Dakar Rally demands the highest levels of technical perfection, reliability and endurance – from our Race Touareg as much as from the support vehicles. The Amarok is exactly the right vehicle for our team”, explains Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director.

“The Volkswagen Amarok is Volkswagen’s answer to the pickup and on the Dakar Rally – one of the last great adventures for mankind – it will have the chance to show what it’s made of and to demonstrate its flexibility and durability”, adds 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.

This is the first time the Volkswagen Amarok will be seen in Argentina, and will be on sale soon after. South America will be first to get the Amarok, then Europe.

by Adam Marshall