Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has reported a strong start to 2018 with a sales increase of 14% to over 2,500 vehicles and has the biggest market share development in the Irish Commercial Vehicle market so far in 2018. The all new Crafter, voted International Van of the Year in 2017, saw deliveries increase by 53% with huge demand for this class leading new product. In contrast, the remaining top four manufacturers within this segment saw a -6% decline. The Transporter also saw a large increase in deliveries by 34% vs. 2017. The Amarok V6, voted 2018 International Pick Up of the Year saw a staggering 46% increase in volume unlike the remaining top four manufacturers within this segment who saw a -17% decline. The versatile Caddy which is available in van and mpv configuration once again held its Number 1 position as the best-selling vehicle in Ireland following on from its huge success in 2017.
The brands innovative finance products such as 0% HP, PCP and Customer Lease have also seen a huge increase with 52% more customers availing of these solutions so far in 2018 when compared to 2017. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has also seen an increase of 5 million euro in funds advanced, resulting in excess of 15 million euro in Quarter 1. Commenting on the results, Alan Bateson, Managing Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Ireland said; “We would once again, like to thank our customers for the great trust they invest in our products. We want to continue to deliver high standard, high quality products to meet the needs of our loyal customers. Thanks to our brilliant Van Centre sales network and the motivated team members in each location, we have seen a large increase in delivery volume.”
He added; “Looking forward to Quarter 2 we have brilliant sales offers in the market. With 0% APR HP Finance, Irelands only Commercial Vehicle PCP Solution and our new Customer Lease product provided by Volkswagen Financial services we feel we can tailor the perfect solution for Irish customers and continue to extend the strong start we have had to the remainder of 2018.”