Volkswagen Group has appointed Jacques Rivoal as president of its operations in France, the successor for the retiring Marie Christine Caubet. Arnaud Barral, head of sales for Volkswagen France, will assume Rivoal's current duties. Rivoal, former chief of Europe for French carmaker, is expected to lead VW’s aggressive campaign to capture more market share in France.
Rivoal joined Renault in 1984, rising to become senior vice president for the carmaker's Europe market area in 2009. He left Renault and joined Volkswagen in 2010. VW expects Rivoal to continue building on its success in France under Caubet's stewardship when he assumed the post on January 2, 2013.
According to the CCFA industry association, VW Group posted a 3.4 percent drop in new-car sales in France to 240,150 units in the first 11 months of 2012. However, the carmaker managed to increase its market share in the country from 12.3 percent to 13.8 percent. VW brand sales dropped 3.2 percent to 141,513 units in the same period.
Other carmakers like Audi and Skoda managed to increase their sales in France for the first 11 months of 2012. Audi posted a 4.9-percent to 55,970 units while logged a 7.7-percent hike to 20,255 units. VW is set to open a flagship French dealership on the Champs-Elysees in Paris early 2013, just across the street from Renault’s store and not far from PSA/Peugeot-Citroen’s dealership on the exclusive avenue.