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Back to the roots of the Polo R WRC: world champions* visit plant in Pamplona

Weltmeister Sbastien Ogier und Julien Ingrassia besuchen Volkswagen Werk Navarra

8 November

Two world champions* in Pamplona: Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (F/F) paid a visit to the 4,400 employees of the Volkswagen plant in Pamplona last Monday. The two Volkswagen drivers took a peek behind the scenes at the main Polo plant straight after achieving a one-two victory in Rally Spain – thereby clinching the Manufacturers’ Championship title* for Volkswagen in the World Rally Championship before the season was out. Ogier/Ingrassia had already driven their way to the drivers’ and co-drivers’ titles in their home rally in France, meaning all the available titles have been snatched by Volkswagen in its debut year in the World Rally Championship with the Polo R WRC. The plant in Pamplona in the Navarre region of Spain is where the bodyshell of the Polo R WRC used in the WRC is manufactured. Last year, 287,000 Polo vehicles rolled off the production line in Pamplona. The 2,500 special road models of the Polo R WRC were also produced here. “It’s great to be here and to be able to share our success with the enthusiastic workers at the Volkswagen plant in Pamplona,” said Sébastien Ogier during his visit to the Spanish production plant. “The success that we have all jointly achieved would not have been possible without some fantastic cooperation – cooperation that made the Polo R WRC the best vehicle competing in the 2013 World Rally Championship.”

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Unusual advertising in the ‘City of the World Rally Champion’

Volkswagen celebrated its early wins in all of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) categories by advertising its successes with three special stunts. Volkswagen took the 2013 WRC titles in the drivers’, co-drivers’ and manufacturers’ categories. A blue and white medal ribbon was added to the Volkswagen logo on the facade of the Volkswagen plant. There is also a special installation on the Mittelland Canal in Wolfsburg, where there is an XXL poster of the victory ceremony and water jets recreating a champagne fountain. And to keep visitors to Wolfsburg well informed, all of the city signs now also feature a yellow plate that reads ‘Stadt des Rallye-Weltmeisters*’ (City of the World Rally Champion).

* Subject to the official publication of the results by the FIA.

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Rally Wales GB WRC 2013 – TV broadcast

Western Europe

Andorra (Canal +); Austria (, ORF, ServusTV); Belgium (RTBF); Denmark (VIASAT); Finland (MTV3, YLE Sport); France (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21, TF1); Germany (Sport1, RTL, n-tv,, ServusTV); Greece (OTE); Ireland (Setanta); Italy (RAI, Canale Italia, Sportitalia); Monaco (Canal +, France TV, Léquipe 21, TF1); Netherlands (RTL 7); Norway (VIASAT); Portugal (Sport TV, RTP); Spain (Canal +); Sweden (SVT); Wales (S4C)

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North and Latin America

Argentina (Channel 12); Brazil (ESPN); Latin America (Fox Sports)

Worldwide (Reuters, SNTV)






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