Volkswagen is considering a move into the World Rally Championship and is expected to make a decision in the near future.
The German manufacturer will finalise plans for its future motorsport activity once it has completed this year's Dakar Rally.
VW motorsport director Kris Nissen revealed that the WRC is an option and said that a global motorsport programme is "important" to VW.
"We want to make a decision after Dakar," he told this week's Autosport magazine. "We have looked at the World Rally Championship and we have been keen to investigate whether this would be possible, as well as the Dakar or instead of the Dakar.
"Volkswagen is one of the world's biggest car manufacturers. International competition is really important - Dakar is international competition but so is the WRC. Nothing is decided yet."