January 28, 2020

Strong end to 2019 for Vauxhall and Volkswagen

Despite a challenging year battling economic uncertainty, many brands are celebrating an uplift in sales throughout 2019.

Vauxhall LCVs ended 2019 with a 27 per cent increase in sales volumes, boosting its van market share by two percentage points to a total of 9.7 per cent.

The brand says its all-new Luton-built Vivaro played a major part in the success, which saw Vauxhall LCV numbers grow by around 8,000 units in 2019, to a total of 36,000 sales. In December alone, Vivaro recorded a 14.2 per cent month-on-month segment increase versus 2018, with around 3,200 sales.

The recently launched Combo Cargo also played a supporting role in Vauxhall LCV’s success, increasing its month-on-month segment share in December by 17.5 per cent, versus 2018, taking it to the segment’s number-one spot.

The success enjoyed by Vivaro in 2019 is set hoped to be repeated in 2020, as the all-electric Vivaro-e joins the range.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles also celebrated an uplift in sales for the third consecutive year.

During 2019, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles registered 42,444 light commercial vehicles, holding on to its number two position in the UK light commercial vehicle sector with a market share of 11.6 per cent.

Brand highlights from 2019 sales include Crafter, sales of which were up over 40 per cent, with the model breaching the 9,000 unit mark for the first time.

The Amarok pick-up also fared well in a market sector that declined in 2019; sales of this model were up by nearly 400 units to 3,839.

Head of sales operations for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, James Douglas, commented: “The commercial vehicle sector felt some pressure in 2019 as a number of factors had the potential to impact van sales, so I’m really proud that not only did we as a brand deliver nearly 48,000 units to UK customers, but that our Van Centres had a record year.”