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Alex Smith named as new managing director of Volkswagen Group UK

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Alex Smith will return to Volkswagen Group UK in the New Year as managing director, replacing Paul Willis.

Smith has been managing director of Nissan since 2016, he previously worked within the Volkswagen Group since 2007.

Willis is leaving to pursue a new opportunity outside the Volkswagen Group following five years as managing director and, previously, as a director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars.

With initial motor industry experience at Ford and Kia, Smith started at Volkswagen Group in 2007, heading successively the functions of Group Parts Operations, Retail Operations for Volkswagen Passenger Cars, before becoming director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK in November 2011. On July 1 2014, he was appointed as director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars UK, reporting to Willis.

“I am very pleased to be returning to Volkswagen Group UK, especially at such a challenging yet exciting time for both the company and the automotive industry in general. Thanks to huge levels of investment, particularly in the field of e-mobility, the Group is well positioned for a strong future,” Smith said.

Volkswagen will launch its fully-electric ID car next year and has outlined further details of its future strategy.

The brand is planning to phase out the production of petrol and diesel cars by 2026, with a focus on its pure electric models.

Speaking at the Handelsplatt Auto Summit, Volkswagen strategy chief Michael Jost said development work on the company’s “last platform that has non-CO2-neutral potential” had already begun.

He suggested that the combustion engine will disappear from Volkswagen’s portfolio within 20 years.

Volkswagen expects to have 20 pure-electric cars in its range by 2025, with one million electric cars being sold per year globally by that time.

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  • Steve - 10/12/2018 11:56

    What a load of rubbish and hot air coming out of VW. What about all of the millions cars they sold with poor emissions effecting the planet now. Come on VW put some effort and money in reducing the emissions in the cars you have already produced, NOW, or we wont see 2025.

  • Mr S Sales - 10/12/2018 12:14

    Great plan VW but too little too late!! Good Luck Alex Smith, the future is important but please do not ignore today. Whilst you are planning for 2025 we are all suffering the consequences of VW previous actions. We would much prefer to hear that VW are going to put some effort in reducing the emissions of the cars already being driven on our roads and destroying our cities.

  • Yvonne Ashman - 29/03/2019 01:09

    Good luck in your new position Alex Smith....Wonder if you can tell me when the new vw t cross will be available at the showrooms please? I'm patiently awaiting a test drive. :)

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