There will be no customer program offered for the Polo WRC, says Autocar's source, and everything that has gone into it will be merely considered research and development funds. The decision to end WRC efforts goes in hand with Volkswagen's dieselgate-related problems, as the company shifts its public persona away from fossil fuels into electric vehicles. There's also likely a component of cost-savings.
The departure from WRC comes after a very successful streak, as VW has dominated WRC with four manufacturer and driver championships from 2013 to 2016. There will be one last battle for Volkswagen, the Rally Australia from November 17-20. Volkswagen has won 41 WRC rallies in its time.
Reports say Volkswagen will officially announce its WRC departure on Wednesday. VW's WRC drivers for 2016 have been Sébastien Ogier, Andreas Mikkelsen, and Jari-Matti Latvala.