Volkswagen reports strong sales of commercial vehicles

Volkswagen has released its first quarterly results for 2008 up to the end of March.

The company has shown sales increases of 4.4 per cent on a like-for-like basis with results this time last year. It has also noted a 1.4 per cent increase in light vehicle sales and a 2.6 per cent increase in heavy vehicle sales over figures for 2007.

Company highlights for the first quarter include the launch of the new Volkswagen Caddy Maxi and a 45 per cent increase in sales within the Volkswagen Transporter range.

Ralf Schueler, head of marketing at Volkswagen, noted: “Having started the year with a leading finance and servicing offer for the Transporter and then introduced the all-new Caddy Maxi in February, the first quarter has certainly been a busy one.”

Drivers – potentially including those with commercial vehicle insurance – could be pleased to learn that the light vehicle market remains buoyant in 2008, according to Manheim, a leading provider of automotive services.