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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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.

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Sales have doubled at Skoda since 2001 and there is little sign that growth will slow anytime soon.

In 2014, sales leapt 14% to 75,488, closing the gap on Hyundai and Kia which sit just ahead of Skoda in the charts.

To help bridge the gap, an SUV is expected to arrive in 2016, but until then new Fabia, Fabia estate and Superb models will maintain customer interest, as will its commitment to service, with a recent UK Customer Satisfaction Index Summary produced by the Institute of Customer Service placing Skoda in the top 10% of all organisations across all industry sectors.

Skoda achieved an index of 82.7 to scoop the top spot in the automotive sector, putting the brand 4.1 points ahead of the average for the automotive industry (78.6).

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Mrs C - 98 weeks ago

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

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Jean Walklett - 107 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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