Volkswagen has seen demand for the latest range of vans and people carriers from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles increase strongly in the UK during the first half of the year. Sales have increased by over 16 per cent and registrations by over 2,400 vehicles, or 19 per cent, compared to the same period last year, to achieve an 11.3 per cent market share.
Over 1,000 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 a 22.1 per cent market share behind the Ford Transit in the 2,800 to 3,499 kg medium van sector.
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 per cent increase in global sales with 260,300 units delivered in the first six months of the year, making Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Europe's leading manufacturer of light commercial vehicles.