Sainz claims eighth stage victory for Volkswagen

Wolfsburg (19 January 2007). Another stage victory for Volkswagen in the Dakar Rally: After yesterday’s exploit Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) also won the 13th of 15 legs of the desert classic, a 458-kilometre section from Kayes in Mali to Tambacounda in Senegal.

For Sainz, it marked as much as his fourth stage victory, for Volkswagen the eighth in the 29th Dakar Rally. The Spanish-French driver pairing in the Race Touareg was 26 seconds quicker than the French Mitsubishi driver Stéphane Peterhansel.

Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa) in another Race Touareg set the day's third-best time with a 2.18-minute gap, defending their place as Volkswagen's best team in the field in fifth position overall. Two positions behind them is the Portuguese-German duo of Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz in a Race Touareg from Team Lagos who achieved the fourth-best time of the day.

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Dakar - Sainz scores Volkswagen's seventh stage victory

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

Wolfsburg (18 January 2007). One-two for Volkswagen on the twelfth stage of the Dakar Rally: Factory driver Carlos Sainz (Spain) and co-driver Michel Périn (France) won the 484 kilometre stage from Ayoun-el-Atrous (Mauritania) to Kayes (Mali) in their Race Touareg by 3:53 minutes from their Volkswagen comrades Carlos Sousa/Andy Schulz (Portugal/Deutschland) from the Lagos-Team.

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Volkswagen in third and fifth positions with Miller and Sainz

Wolfsburg (16 January 2007). Volkswagen finished the tenth stage of the 29th Dakar Rally in third and fifth positions. Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/South Africa), currently sixth overall in the “Dakar” and therefore now best placed Volkswagen drivers, scored their personal best result with third positions.

On the 400 kilometre long loop through the savannah around Nema in Mauritania, the two English speaking professionals in the Race Touareg 2 were only 1:49 minutes slower than day winner Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar in a BMW. The Japanese driver Hiroshi Masuoka in a Mitsubishi was second.

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Dakar: Bitter disappointment for Volkswagen team

VW suffers a devistating blow to their push in Dakar after 6 stage wins.

Dakar Rally, stage 9, 15 January 2007

Wolfsburg (15 January 2007). After making an impressive start to the 29th Dakar Rally the Volkswagen team was dealt a cruel blow today: The factory duo Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (South Africa/Germany) started the ninth stage as leaders but, like their team mates Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (Spain/France) in fourth place, were also stopped by a technical defect on the Race Touareg 2 during the ninth stage from Tichit to Nema in Mauritania.

"This double setback is a bitter disappointment, particularly as our performance was rewarded with six stage wins up to this point. Unfortunately, our dream of victory was buried in the deserts sands today”, says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen. "A cam follower in the valve train on the engine broke on Giniel de Villiers’ car. A hole was punched in the valve cover as a result, and the escaping oil ignited on the hot turbocharger. The flames were doused immediately with the onboard fire extinguisher. The car is being towed back to the bivouac by one of our Race-Trucks. Carlos Sainz, who had led the rally comfortably prior to this stage, was slowed when his engine cut-out and refused to start again, probably due to an electrical problem. He is also being towed to the bivouac.”

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Dakar coverage continues - VW Race Touaregs

Dakar coverage continues with results from VW. For full stories check our Volkswagen Section

Dakar Rally, stage 7, 12 January 2007

Lead has changed – Volkswagen driver de Villiers ahead of Sainz

Volkswagen Race Touareg 2

Wolfsburg (12 January 2007). Volkswagen maintains its one-two lead but a change at the top of the leader board before the rest day makes the 29th Dakar Rally even more thrilling: Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz took the lead, having clinched their second stage victory on the way from Zouérat to Atâr in Mauritania.

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Dakar: VW Driver Sainz New Leader After Stage 3

Continued Dakar coverage, VW retains the top 3 positions with their race Touaregs.

08 January 2007 - WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen factory driver Carlos Sainz has taken the lead of the Dakar Rally. The Spaniard and his French co-driver Michel Périn took second place in the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 on the third stage in Morocco from Nador to Er Rachidia.

The Race Touareg was gifted its third stage victory by the South African Giniel de Villiers and his German co-driver Dirk von Zitzewitz, who led the Sainz/Périn duo by 25 seconds across the line and Stéphane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi) by 3:18 minutes to vault to second place in the overall standings. Yesterday’s leader Carlos Sousa and his German co-driver Andy Schulz round off the one-two-three lead for Volkswagen in the overall classification.

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NAIAS Detroit 2007 - Volkswagen Continues BlueTec Offensive

Previous reports showed the new 2008 Volkswagen diesels as not having BlueTec Urea injection. Now, this press release from VW hints that it will be on all the new diesel engines for 2008. I'm confused, how about you? Where's the bathroom at, I need to stockpile, just in case.

08 January 2007 - WOLFSBURG/DETROIT - Volkswagen is presenting the Concept Tiguan SUV study at the North American International Auto Show. In the first half of next year the series version of the “Touareg’s little brother” will be debuting in the US.

The Tiguan is being advanced as a significant component in Volkswagen’s model range in order to expand the market position in the US. Moreover, Volkswagen expects additional US growth starting in 2008 from the market launch of the cleanest TDI of all times. The introduction of the Turbodiesel direct injection engine equipped with a NOx secondary treatment system is taking place as part of the BLUETEC offensive in the latest Jetta – the most successful car in America from a German manufacturer.

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Volkswagen takes the top 3 spots in Dakar

VW takes a dominating lead in Dakar. The top 3 spots are filled with the race Touaregs. Continuing coverage continues with this press release from VW:


07 January 2007 - WOLFSBURG, Germany - After the two European legs of the Dakar Rally Volkswagen will be starting as the leading team in Africa on Monday. Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn in their Volkswagen Race Touareg celebrated their first stage victory in the 545-kilometre special stage leading from Portimaõ to Malaga, ahead of Nani Roma and Luc Alphand (both Mitsubishi).

It was the second stage victory for Volkswagen following the success claimed by Carlos Sousa/Andreas Schulz in a Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 from Team Lagos the day before, and the Race Touareg’s 43rd stage victory since 2004. The Portuguese Carlos Sousa continues to lead the rally, while Sainz improved to second place overall in this demanding special stage. Tight corners along deep abysses and difficult stretches through the mountains marked the second competition day of the 8,000-kilometre desert classic.

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Dakar VW Standings - Stage 1


06 January 2007 - WOLFSBURG, Germany - Volkswagen occupies the first five positions on the leader board after the Dakar Rally’s opening stage. The opening day’s stage in Portugal was won by local matador Carlos Sousa with his German co-driver Andreas Schulz in a Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 entered by Lagos Team.

Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz finished second for Volkswagen in a Race Touareg 2 on the 464 kilometre long stage from Lisbon to Portimao. The hoards of spectators lining the sandy stage witnessed an exciting tussle for third place: Carlos Sainz with co-driver Michel Périn and Ari Vatanen/Fabrizia Pons recorded identical times at the stage finish. Fifth place went to Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford in another Volkswagen Race Touareg 2. Only 3:56 minutes separate the first five drivers, the closest rival – Guerlain Chicherit in a BMW X3 – trails by another minute.

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VW releases more press information on the upcoming MY 2008 New Jetta with a 2.0L Common Rail diesel engine. This article hints at BlueTec introduction immediately, which contradicts early info where BlueTec was reported as not showing up on the first CR TDI's.

Volkswagen 2008 Concept TDI

04 January 2007 - A VW Jetta TDI fulfills the most stringent worldwide exhaust gas thresholds with its nitrogen oxide post-treatment system developed by Volkswagen. The USA market launch within the BlueTec alliance is planned for 2008

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