Rally cars from all four 2018 manufacturer teams were on display in the picturesque Piazza del Duomo as a roadshow took the to thousands of commuters and Christmas shoppers in the heart of the city.

The Citroën C3, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai i20 and Yaris World Rally Cars provided a memorable photo opportunity in the world famous square as the quartet appeared together for the final time in 2018.

They later lined up for an afternoon press conference ahead of this weekend’s Rally Show (7 – 9 December) at the legendary race circuit nearby.

The piazza houses many of Italy’s most famous buildings, including the 14th century cathedral, the Royal Palace and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping area. It is Milan’s biggest tourist attraction.

After the daylong roadshow the cars will be on display throughout the three-day 40th anniversary Rally Show.

“This was a very special occasion for the ,” said Promoter managing director Oliver Ciesla.

The Piazza del Duomo is Milan’s biggest tourist attractions

“Taking the championship into the heart of one of ’s great cities, and presenting the teams and cars at , puts the in full view of tens of thousands of Italians and international visitors. It’s a superb showcase for our sport.”

As promotional highlights between rallies, the ’s visit to Milan and followed last month’s Gala Night in the shadow of Sydney’s famous Opera House.

A further roadshow is planned next summer in Estonia shortly before Neste Rally Finland, in addition to the 2019 season launch at Birmingham’s Autosport International show on Saturday 12 January.

M-Sport Ford’s will compete at in both the rally and the Masters Show, which completes the weekend’s action on Sunday afternoon. The Finn will be partnered by new co-driver for the first time.

Also competing are multiple MotoGP world champion and six-time winner Valentino Rossi (Ford Fiesta ), nine-time motocross world champion Tony Cairoli (Hyundai i20 ) and 2 regular (Hyundai i20 R5).

The rally starts on Friday afternoon and features ’s race track and perimeter roads, comprising nine special stages covering almost 145km. It is followed by the knockout Masters Show event.