Volkswagen will announce its intention to compete in next year's World Rally Championship later this month, and is expected to bring one of the motorsport's biggest budgets to the competition.
That's according to Autosport magazine, which revealed this week that the manufacturer will follow up its success in the Dakar rally with a big money investment in WRC.
The manufacturer is expected to confirm its new objective at this year's Rally Portugal, although it's unclear which drivers the team has lined up to fill the new seats.
Even the choice of car is open for speculation. Early rumours suggested the Scirocco would form the basis of the new WRC car, but it's now believed the Polo will get the rally treatment.
Volkswagen's involvement in a future rally campaign had been tipped since the regulations were altered to make 1.6-litre turbocharged engines the stipulated powerplants.
If the rumours prove true, the company will join Ford, Citroen and BMW (via Mini) as the works teams for what promises to be an exciting 2012 season.