This years Dakar Rally saw 35 new Volkswagen Amarok pick-up successfully complete the role as support vehicles to the winning Volkswagen motorsport team as well as the official organisers. They covered extreme terranes, temperatures and altitudes without a problem.
Volkswagen completed the Rally with a one two three finish, defending their wining title in one of the world's toughest races. Following the race Touaregs, the back-up teams in the Amarok pick-up completed all 14 legs of the race and finished up in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires. With such tough conditions only half the competitors completed the race by making it to the finish line.
‘The event allowed the Amarok to give a clear demonstration of its abilities and robustness,’ said Dr Wolfgang Schreiber, member of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Board of Management in charge of development. ‘It’s simple,’ he continued, ‘the Amarok is the Volkswagen of Pick-ups.’
Mastering the demanding 9,012 km trip to Buenos Aires was no problem for the Amarok. It did not miss a beat in the 50°C heat of Argentina's Fiambala or dealing with the 4,700 metre high Andes in Chile, and the taxing terrain of the Atacama which is the driest desert on Earth was no problem either.