Volkswagen has claimed overall victory in the Dakar Rally for the third consecutive year, and defended the 1-2-3 podium result of last year, crowning a successful premiere for the Race Touareg 3 on the event.
Nasser Al-Attiyah from Qatar, with his German co-driver Timo Gottschalk, finished the final stage with the second quickest time and an overall winning margin of 49m 41s.
This year's result sees Al-Attiyah become the first driver of Arabic origin in the desert classic's 33 year history to be presented with the Dakar winners' trophy.
The back-to-back hat-trick of victories means Volkswagen is still unbeaten since the famous event moved to South America.
Four diesel-powered Race Touareg 3s completed the gruelling 9600km (6000 mile) course through Argentina and Chile, winning 12 out of the 13 stages between them, and remaining at the top of the timesheets throughout.
The two previous title holders of the rally joined Al-Attiyah and Gottscahlk on the podium in Buenos Aries, with the 2009 winners Giniel de Villers and Dirk von Zitzewitz claiming second overall, and last year's winners Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz finishing third.
The fourth Volkswagen pairing of Mark Miller and Ralph Pitchford completed the solid Volkswagen team performance in sixth position.
With seven stage victories, including the 13th and final stage of the Rally, Carlos Sainz broke the record for the highest number of stage wins on the Dakar. It took his tally to 24, overtaking the previous record-holder and Volkswagen's closest rival on this year's Dakar, Stephane Peterhansel.
|Pos.||Team||Vehicle||Leg 13||Total Time|
|1||Al-Attiyah / Gottschalk (Q/D)||VW Race Touareg 3||1h 16m 46s (2)||45h 16m 16s|
|2||de Villiers / von Zitzewitz (ZA/D)||VW Race Touareg 3||1h 18m 06s (4)||+ 1h 20m 38s|
|3||Sainz / Cruz (E/E)||VW Race Touareg 3||1h 16m 08s (1)||+ 1h 20m 38s|
|4||Peterhansel / Cottret (F/F)||BMW X3 CC||1h 19m 05s (6)||+ 1h 43m 48s|
|5||Holowczyc / Fortin (PL/B)||BMW X3 CC||1h 17m 33s (3)||+ 4h 11m 21s|
|6||Miller / Pitchford (USA/ZA)||VW Race Touareg 3||1h 18m 10s (5)||+ 4h 54m 42s|
|7||dos Santos / Fiuza (P/P)||BMW X3 CC||1h 27m 16s (11)||+ 6h 50m 07s|
|8||Lavieille / Polato (F/F)||Nissan Proto||1h 25m 07s (10)||+ 7h 57m 18s|
|9||Spinelli / Haddad (BR/BR)||Mitsubishi Racing Lancer||1h 20m 06s (7)||+ 8h 23m 37s|
|10||Kahle / Schünemann (D/D)||Buggy SMG||1h 28m 02s (12)||+ 15h 11m 56s|