Robert Hazelwood named as new VW boss

Robert Hazelwood named as new VW boss

09/03/2012 in News, All News, Car Manufacturer News, People News, Dealer News

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Robert Hazelwood named as new VW boss

Skoda UK director Robert Hazelwood has been appointed as the new director of Volkswagen passenger cars.

Hazelwood will move into the role on May 1 and takes over from Chris Craft who will move to become managing director of Porsche Cars Great Britain on April 1.

Hazelwood joined the Volkswagen Group in November 2005 as head of group synergies, before assuming the role of director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK in May 2006.

After two years with commercial vehicles, he moved to his current position at Škoda.

Before joining the Volkswagen Group, he worked for eight years at the Inchcape Group where he held a number of roles including that of managing director of Inchcape Retail, Mazda France and Maranello Concessionaires.

Simon Thomas, managing director of Volkswagen Group UK, said: “Robert has made a tremendous contribution to the business of the Volkswagen Group in the UK since he joined the company over six years ago.

“He has been an extremely effective director in Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and then at Škoda.
“I’m sure he will relish the challenge of taking the helm at Volkswagen Passenger Cars.”

 


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Volkswagen UK

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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Skoda is targeting sales of up to 78,000 units in the next five years as it secures an ever-stronger order book backed by a growing range.

Its sales hit a new high in 2010 backed by an expanding dealer netowork and they are set to reach a new record in 2011 too.

This growth is balanced between fleet and retail sales and Skoda expects there to be a 45/55 fleet retail split as demand grows in future.

A key launch for 2012 will be the Skoda Citigo, based on the VW Up, which will mark Skoda's entry into the A-segment and a significant potential uplift in sales.Until now, Roomster and Fabia have been its smallest cars.

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Mrs C - 88 weeks ago

I ave a complaint regarding barnards in stowmarket please contact me ASAP

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Jean Walklett - 97 weeks ago

Dear Mr Hazelwood,
I sent a very serious complaint 2 days ago about a very substandard car and service form VW?

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