Afternoon round-up: Merc X-Class camper, new jobs at VW and Skoda

Mercedes reveals X-Class campervan concepts

Mercedes has shown what its all-new X-Class pick-up looks like when it is turned into a camper van.

Mercedes X-Class camper

Officially classed as concepts for the time being, the company said it wanted the vehicle to appeal to aftermarket body builders as well as its core customer base.

Mercedes also claimed the campervan market is growing, citing figures from the German Caravaning Industry Association which claimed 38,000 vehicles were registered last year, an increase of 5,000 compared with 2016.

We are proud to introduce the first camper van solutions just two months after the vehicle’s launch”, said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Patrick McGillycuddy named as new VW sales boss

Patrick McGillycuddy

Volkswagen’s head of group fleet, Patrick McGillycuddy, will move to the role of head of sales operations at VW on 1 February.

He will replace Rob McLeod, who is moving to Skoda as its new brand director (see story, below).

McGillcuddy has been with the VW Group since 2013, when he joined Skoda as its head of fleet.

“I am very pleased to welcome Patrick to the Volkswagen team in this highly important role. He will bring with him an impressive amount of industry experience both to the sales operations and as a member of the senior management team,” said Alison Jones, director of Volkswagen UK.

New boss for Skoda UK

Skoda has appointed Rob McLeod as its new UK director from 1 February, replacing Duncan Movassaghi who moves to America to take up the role of senior vice president of sales at Volkswagen.

Rod McLeodMcLeod has been with Volkswagen since 1996 in a number of roles, most recently as head of sales operations.

“The development of the Skoda brand over the past few years has been extremely impressive, and with the recent launches of the new Karoq and Kodiaq, it has a strong and enviable model line-up. I am really looking forward to working with the UK team and all dealer partners to continue the momentum,” he said.