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Paul Willis is back at helm of Volkswagen Group UK as Willcox goes back to Nissan

Paul Willis (pictured) is replacing Paul Willcox at the head of Volkswagen Group UK after Willcox's tenure of just three months.

VW Group UK has issued a statement this morning saying Paul Willcox is leaving the company with immediate effect.

Willcox has been named the new president of Nissan Motor Europe, reporting into Trevor Mann, Nissan's global chief performance officer.

Willcox had joined the company in September after a long career with Nissan, including MD of Nissan GB and vice president, sales and marketing, at Nissan Motor Europe.

VW said Willis, who's been helping lead VW's China operation, will take over as UK group MD from February 1, 2014.

Willis is well known to the UK franchised network, having been brand director of Volkswagen UK from 2000 to 2008, when he left to head VW Group Ireland.

Willis said: ‘I’m delighted to be returning to the Volkswagen Group in the UK.  The group is going from strength to strength and now holds close to a 20% of the UK car market.’


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  • Jim Smith - 20/12/2013 16:15

    So Willcox may not be a magician after all !!!

  • Charlie Adair - 21/12/2013 13:21

    So the foul mouthed Irishman is back!

  • Byron Davies - 29/09/2014 17:07

    Maybe Paul Willis could help me with my car ? Since 10th July 2014 Lancaster VW St Albans have been dealing with my car. Took them six weeks of me going back and forth to decide the car needed two new clutches. However the metallic rattle when car is in 4th & 5th gear still remains (sounds like tin cans being dragged alone the road). Have test driven another car same model and there is no noise ? why o why has this dragged on for over 12 weeks, Have had 3 previous Golfs and paying over £25,000 for a car didn't expect theses problems especially from VW.

  • T.Hayes - 13/06/2015 02:11

    Dear Sir, I ordered my Golf R in Jan 15 & have been given a B/W of 48 which means I will take delivery in 2016. I have complained to VWCS who then said it was B/W 28 phoned the dealer & promptly put it back to B/W 48. When asked why delivery was so long the reply was simply sorry. This is a great car but a year wait is far too long, if the B/W was brought forward to 20/30 weeks I would be prepared to wait. Is there nothing that can be done to bring the B/W forward in line with other people who ordered at the same time? Regards, T.Hayes