Simon Thomas is Volkswagen’s new managing director in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 5, 2011

Simon Thomas has been named managing director of Volkswagen Group UK effective September 1, 2011. He will be replacing Robin Woolcock, who is VW's UK boss since 2000 and will now be transferred to a new assignment within the VW Group.

Thomas was previously the European sales and marketing chief at Nissan during its recent revival in the region. In 1991, Thomas joined Nissan UK from the Austin Rover Group, climbing up the career ladder to be Nissan UK's marketing director in 2000.

After a stint as sales and marketing head for Nissan and Infiniti in Canada, he was named vice president of sales at Nissan Europe in 2007. In 2009, he was appointed as Nissan Europe's senior vice president of sales and marketing, responsible for the vehicle sales, vehicle distribution and network development in 30 countries.

During the past four years, the market share of Nissan in Europe has increased from 1.9 percent to 2.9 percent. New-vehicle sales rose from 311,794 in 2007 to 403,311 last year, according to industry association ACEA.

Thomas started his career in automotive as an apprentice technician in 1976 at a Ford dealership. VW is the third most popular brand in the United Kingdom after Vauxhall and Ford with a market share of 9.3 percent. The unit sales of the brand dropped to 107,971 units in the first seven months from 108,644 the year before, according to the SMMT industry association.

Topics: vw, uk

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Nearly all details have been set with regards to the upcoming market introduction of the new Jaguar I-Pace. Its production version was recently previewed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto...
by - December 8, 2016
WM Motor, a new China-based automaker, recently revealed its forthcoming lineup consisting of affordable electric vehicles. While there is a company is the U.S. that has the same name, they...
by - December 8, 2016
Even when Aston Martin has been mum about the upcoming AM-RB 001 hypercar, Marek Reichman at least has something new to say. In a recent interview with Australia’s Motoring, the...
by - December 8, 2016
The people at Mercedes-Benz are rejoicing. This is simply because for the first time since 1979, Mercedes-Benz has assembled 20,000 – and still counting – examples of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class....
by - December 8, 2016
When Donkervoort Automobielen BV unveiled its Donkervoort D8 GTO-RS limited edition in May 2016, customer interest has been so overwhelming that the Lelystad, Netherlands-based carmaker sold out this one-of-a-kind vehicle...
by - December 8, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries