Jul 15, 2015
Rüsselsheim. Opel light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations climbed to a seven-year high in the first six months of 2015 with an increase of 25 percent compared to the same period of 2014. In total, 51,500 Opel LCVs were registered in the first half year. The market share was up 0.56 percentage points to 4.03 percent.
All Opel light commercial vehicle models registered an increase in volume. The Movano was up 34 percent to around 10,000 units and recorded an all-time best in both sales volume and segment share. Vivaro sales increased by 27 percent to almost 29,000 units giving the bestseller the highest registration volume and the highest segment share in its history. Sales of the Combo increased by 15 percent to more than 9,500 units giving it its best result since 2011. Sales of the recently introduced Corsavan were up 14 percent to around 3,000 units.
“The outstanding half-year results show that our LCV strategy is working. The reworked Movano and the new Vivaro gave our newly assembled LCV team the ideal platform to increase of business,” said Steffen Raschig, Opel/Vauxhall Director Commercial Vehicles.
Opel achieved it best ever results for the first half year in Finland, Romania and Switzerland whereas Opel also achieved its best figures since 2011 in Norway, Portugal and the large LCV markets Germany and the UK. In total, Opel recorded increased LCV registrations in more than 22 European markets. The Rüsselsheim-based brand registered market share increase in 20 European markets.
Strengthening the LCV business is a key pillar of Opel’s DRIVE! 2022 growth plan. By 2022, Opel wants to increase its LCV sales from more than 80,000 vehicles sold in 2013 to around 150,000 vehicles.
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