Volkswagen attracts ex-Renault Plummer

Volkswagen attracts ex-Renault Plummer

31/01/2012 in News, All News, Car Manufacturer News, People News

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Volkswagen attracts ex-Renault Plummer

Ian Plummer has been announced as Volkswagen Passenger Cars UK's new head of retail operations, a month after quitting a similar role at Renault UK.

Plummer will take up his new role at the company’s UK headquarters in Milton Keynes on 1 February 2012, and fills a vacancy created by Alex Smith's recent move to become director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.

At Renault, where he had worked for the past 15 years, Plummer had held a wide range of roles at both the company’s head office in Paris and in the UK.

He has a strong retail background having been managing director of Renault Retail Group UK before becoming the director of commercial operations for Renault UK.

He said: "I am thrilled to be joining a brand with such a huge pedigree as well as ambition, and at what is a very exciting time given the pending arrival of a number of new products including the Up. I’m looking forward to playing a strong part in Volkswagen’s continuing success."

 


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A momentous year for Volkswagen in 2014 saw car sales break the 200,000 vehicle barrier, with 214,828 registered by the year-end.

Sales are up 33% from their recessionary low and show no sign of slowing, with annual growth of nearly 11% giving Volkswagen the highest unit sales increase of any manufacturer last year.

Although retail sales reached a record of more than 100,000 units, fleet is a key pillar of Volkswagen's strategy and saw significant growth in both the corporate and SME fleet sales channels.

To support this focus there has been recent investment in new talent within the contract hire sales division.

From a product perspective, the new Passat will play a major role in maintaining growth, while the arrival of plug-in hybrids will add interest.

Note: Manufacturers administer the franchised contracts for cars and LCVs in different ways. Broadly, for some the contract to sell cars and LCVs is managed through a separate dealer contract. For others one contract covers both vehicle types.

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Volkswagen treats car and LCV sales as coming under separate contracts –AMi counts each individually.

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Irishboy4 - 161 weeks ago

Great news, Ian is an acomplished manager with extensive experience in the automotive industry. as an aside his french is fluent and without accent!

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