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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles march into the record books

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April 4, 2014: Record year-to-date registrations of 11,783, up 17.1 per cent Record March registrations of 7,564, up 22.5 per cent Record March LCV market share of 13.5 per cent

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is celebrating a record-breaking start to 2014 with best-ever first quarter light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations of 10,757 – up 19.0 per cent from 2013. Total year-to-date registrations were 11,783, which includes 1,026 camper vans and passenger carriers.

For the first time ever, the brand sold more than 7,000 new vehicles in a month as UK March sales hit a record 7,564, up 22.5 per cent (2013: 6,177).

The impressive performance maintains the brand’s status as the UK’s leading van importer and the number two LCV manufacturer.

All models enjoyed strong first-quarter sales, resulting in a record LCV market share of 13.5 per cent, up 0.8 percentage points when compared with the same period last year.

Transporter models continued to be the most popular Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle, accounting for 5,526 registrations (+15.1 per cent on 2013). The Caddy remained as popular as ever, with an increase in registrations from 3,316 in 2013 to 3,431 in 2014 – a growth of 3.5 per cent.

Crafter year-to-date registrations rose by a notable 47.4 per cent (1,887 registrations), helping Volkswagen’s versatile load-lugger stake a sizeable claim in the large van segment.

Demand for Volkswagen’s Amarok pick-up showed no sign of slowing either as customer deliveries rose by a remarkable 41.6 per cent (939 registrations) when compared with the same period of 2013.

Alex Smith, Director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, commented: “It’s been a truly impressive start to the year and a reflection of the hard work by everyone involved in the brand.

“These figures prove that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is outperforming the market. Demand remains at an all-time high because customers understand the benefit of strong residual values, low whole-life costs and a specialist network that provides knowledge, sales expertise and technicians that are trained specifically for vans.”