Jari-Matti Latvala is to drive for Volkswagen as the manufacturer attempts to make its mark on next year's World Rally Championship.

Latvala has not taken long to secure himself a new drive after five years with Ford, who announced on Monday they would no longer support a works team in the WRC.

The 27-year-old Finn, who has won seven rallies and finished runner-up to Sebastien Loeb in the 2010 championship standings, joins Sebastien Ogier in driving the impressive-looking Polo R.

Speaking on the team website, Latvala said: "The determined approach of the Volkswagen team convinced me to accept this challenge.

"The time at Ford was very valuable for me and I would like to thank everyone who supported me there in the past years. It wasn't easy for me to say goodbye.

"At the same time, I see the change as a personal new beginning. I've taken this decision in order to make another step towards reaching my big aim: the world champion's title with Volkswagen."

Latvala has every opportunity of being crowned champion next season given Loeb's decision recently to step into semi-retirement after a record-breaking nine successive titles.