It seems that despite downward pressure on sales figures so far this year, Volkswagen are selling more vans in almost every segment.
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are reporting a strong start to 2018, with a sales increase of 14% to over 2,500 vehicles, and has the biggest market share development in the Irish Commercial Vehicle market so far in 2018.
With a better performance than expected, the new Crafter, voted International Van of the Year in 2017, saw deliveries increase by 53% with huge demand for this new product. In contrast, the remaining top four manufacturers within this segment saw a -6% decline. The Transporter also saw a large increase in deliveries by 34% compared to 2017.
In the work vehicle market, the Amarok V6, voted 2018 International Pick Up of the Year saw an outstanding 46% increase in volume unlike the remaining top four manufacturers within this segment, which saw a 17% decline.
One of Ireland’s favourite vans, the versatile Caddy which is available in van and mpv configuration once again held its top position as the best-selling vehicle in Ireland following on from its huge success in 2017.
Volkswagen would say that the brands innovative finance products such as 0% HP, PCP and Customer Lease are central to their success so far this year and have also seen a huge increase with 52% more customers availing of these solutions so far in 2018 when compared to 2017. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has also seen an increase of €5 million in funds advanced, resulting in excess of €15 million in Quarter 1.