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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The third-biggest player in the UK car market, Volkswagen has seen its share decline slightly in the past few years despite increasing its registrations.

With 196,000 registrations in 2013, Volkswagen almost matched its previous best year of 2007 and is in with a chance of improving on that in 2014, although its market share this year is running slightly behind last year’s 8.57%.

Prospects in 2015 look better with an all-new Passat on the new Volkswagen Group MQB small and medium car platform.

The facelifted Scirocco has just been introduced and the Touareg also benefits from a nip and tuck for 2015.

Volkswagen added two electric cars to the range in 2014, the E-Up and the E-Golf, and zero emission options will be joined by an ultra-low emission Golf GTE plug-in hybrid in 2015, offering 204bhp with an expected CO2 rating of 35g/km.

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

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Comments (1)

Irishboy4 - 156 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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