Volkswagen Amarok becomes official vehicle of 2010 Dakar Rally

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The new Volkswagen Amarok pickup has been named the official vehicle of the 2010 Dakar Rally. Twenty units of the Volkswagen pickup will provide race support for the Rally”s organizer and 15 will be used to drive the press along the route.

“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,” said Stephan Schaller, CEO of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

Previously known as the Paris Dakar Rally, the grueling motorsports has now moved to South America. The event runs 9,000 kilometers through the mountains and deserts of Argentina and Chile.

“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 and our race Touaregs,” said Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director. “The Amarok is exactly the right vehicle for our team.”

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– By: Stephen Calogera

Source: Volkswagen (via PickupTrucks)