Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles named Manufacturer of the Year
Breeze Van Centres are celebrating after Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles took home the triple crown from the 2017 Van Fleet World Honours, with the brand winning the ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ award and the new Crafter claiming the ‘Best New Van’ and ‘Best Large Van’ accolades.
Van Fleet World judges commended Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ work over the past 12 months, with a number of initiatives piloted by the brand now being adopted by the Van Centre network, including Breeze Van Centres in Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth.
Commenting on the win, Dan Gilkes, editor of Van Fleet World, said: “Volkswagen has worked hard over a number of years to develop an outstanding Van Centre network that delivers a dedicated service to fleet and retail customers across the UK. However in the last 12 months the brand has piloted a number of initiatives that are now being adopted by the network, all aimed at improving service for fleet customers. It seems to be working too. Volkswagen is number two in the UK light commercial vehicle market with sales having doubled since 2009. More importantly, the company recorded record levels of customer satisfaction in 2016, making it a worthy winner of our Van Manufacturer of the Year Award.”
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are ensuring the needs of trade customers are being fully met through business experts employed at each location. Initiatives include an extended hours offer available at all Van Centres including Poole, Southampton and Portsmouth, along with a Mobile Service Clinic which will soon be available from the Hampshire Breeze Van Centres.
The new Crafter also picked up two key awards – its first in the UK after being named International Van of the Year in September 2016. In awarding the Crafter its Best New Van and Best Large Van accolades, the Van Fleet World judges said: “It’s not often that a van manufacturer has the chance to create a new vehicle, not just from a clean sheet of paper, but with a completely new factory dedicated to its production. Volkswagen has grabbed the opportunity with both hands, to meet the needs of large van users in every sector.”
Praising its wide range of drivetrains, bodies, engines and driver assistance systems, Gilkes concluded: “Volkswagen had one chance to get new Crafter right and it seems to have hit the spot first time.”
Mark Langford, Head of Group Operations at Breeze Volkswagen, said: “We’re delighted to be part of such a successful brand and Van Centre network. It’s also great for the all-new Crafter to have its first two UK awards, reinforcing the strength of the brand and quality of our products.”
For more information on the Volkswagen range and business services, please contact your local Breeze Van Centre:
Poole Van Centre: 01202 713100
Southampton Van Centre: 02380 663333
Portsmouth Authorised Repairer: 02392 652255