Klaus-Joachim “Jochi” Kleint wins the Estering Cup and claims the title in the unofficial German Rallycross Championship at the wheel of a Golf GTI 1600. The driver from Hamburg also enters the FIA European Rallycross Championship with Volkswagen in the same year.
Class victory for the Golf GTI at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. The 300-hp, 2.0-litre TSI car with front wheel drive wins the SP3T class. At the wheel: René Rast, Jimmy Johansson, Florian Gruber and Dieter Depping.
Maiden victory in the FIA World Rally Championship! Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia win the second round in Sweden. Ogier/Ingrassia claim the Driver/Co-Driver title at their home rally in France in October. Volkswagen is crowned world champion manufacturer at the following rally in Spain.