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Commercial vehicles UK sales rise again

Demand for the latest range of vans and people carriers from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has increased strongly in the UK during the first half of the year. Sales have increased by over 16% and registrations by over 2400 vehicles, or 19%, compared to the same period last year, to achieve an 11.3% market share.
With all its van ranges updated over the last 18 months, plus the introduction of the new Amarok pick-up earlier this year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has one of the most competitive and desirable ranges with cost effective whole life costs and low rate financing offers available from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Finance.
The new Caddy was the best-selling light van in the 2001 to 2499 kg class with sales up by over 14%, or almost 1000 vehicles, to make it Volkswagen’s best-selling van of the year, ahead of the Transporter by a narrow margin.
Over 1000 more Transporter vans were registered in the UK in the first six months to June than in the same period a year ago, making it comfortably the second best-selling van with 22.1% market share behind the Ford Transit in the 2800 to 3499 kg medium van sector.
Crafter sales stayed strong without any decline despite the impending launch of the new model in August, while the 240 Amarok pick-ups that have been registered in the UK this year also added to sales volumes during this period.
Simon Elliott, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are really pleased that more van drivers are enjoying driving Volkswagens this year. It is a great sign that more businesses are wise enough to choose Volkswagen vans in these tough economic times, and with our Van Centre network continuing to expand, and the new Crafter set to shake up the large van sector, we will continue to work hard to make more customers happy throughout the rest of the year.”
This success in the UK has contributed to a 29% increase in global sales with 260,300 units delivered in the first six months of the year, making Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of light commercial vehicles.

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