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

After coming within a whisker of breaking the 200,000 sales barrier in 2007, the landmark sales goal has slipped further from reach in recent years, but there are signs that Volkswagen is preparing for a second assault on the sales summit.

Sales have increased steadily since a drop in 2008 and new models will bring a boost in 2012 as they have a full-year impact on sales, including the new Passat, revised Eos, revised Tiguan, new Golf Cabriolet, new Beetle and the Up city car.

Within the dealer network, where outlet numbers remain stable, there is a focus on customer retention of service and repair through initiatives such as service plan sales, health checks and transparent fixed-price servicing and MoTs to entice back owners of older models.

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Skoda Auto

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 - 75 weeks ago

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

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Jean Walklett - 84 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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