Volkswagen Group UK Ltd – which encompasses the Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Commercial Vehicles, Audi, SEAT and ŠKODA brands – has been appointed as a supplier to the public sector, police and emergency services, securing a three-year contract under the new Crown Commercial Services (CCS) vehicle supply framework agreement.
The new three-year Crown Commercial Services (CCS) RM1070 Vehicle Supply Framework Agreement, which took effect in December, supersedes two agreements which treated the public sector and the police and emergency services separately, ensuring a wider audience for the Group’s extensive range of cars and vans.
All Group brands, rather than individual models, have been appointed under the new framework, which again expands the potential reach of the contract to vehicles which until now may have been out of scope.
Behind the Volkswagen Group bid was Technical Sales Manager, Steve Cowell. Commenting on the Group’s success he said: ‘The new CCS agreement provides us with much broader scope for supply and allows us to showcase vehicles within our range for a variety of different roles – from public sector pool cars through police ‘beat cars’ and ambulances to motorway traffic vehicles.’ He added: ‘We’re delighted to have been appointed under the framework and are committed to ensuring our vehicles and our people provide these important new customers with the service and back-up they need and deserve.’
Of 12 manufacturers who submitted tenders for commercial vehicle approval, five were awarded contracts, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles; for passenger cars, 12 of 18 tendering manufacturers were approved, four of which were Volkswagen Group brands. The first orders under the new framework were taken just before Christmas.