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Frenchman Sebastien Ogier gave Volkswagen their first world championship victory on Sunday when he won the Rally of Sweden.
The 29-year-old, recording his eighth victory at this level, beat home compatriot and nine-time world champion Sebastien Loeb in his Citroen by 41.8sec.
Ogier, whose 1-2 with Loeb was the first time French drivers had achieved such a feat in a race normally dominated by Scandinavians, also took the lead in the overall standings.
"After finishing second in Monte Carlo, this is an ideal start to the season. I would have signed up for two podium places at the start," said Ogier.
"All the work we have done is paying off quickly."