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Alex Smith named as new director of Volkswagen Passenger Cars

Smith joined the Volkswagen Group in 2007 and has held a number of roles for the carmaker including head of retail operations for Volkswagen Passenger Cars and head of group parts operations where he was responsible for the Trade Parts Specialists network. He is currently director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a position he has held for the past two and a half years. 

Smith has also worked for Ford and Kia with responsibility for operations, fleet, aftersales, planning and marketing.

Commenting on his new appointment, he said: ‘I’m excited to be returning to the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand knowing that Commercial Vehicles is setting new records.  Sales of Volkswagen cars this year are also set to reach an all-time high, and with an invigorated network featuring new sites, new partners and new technology. I’m looking forward to being a part of the brand’s continuing success story.’

Hazelwood has been director of Volkswagen since May 2012 and has worked for the Volkswagen Group since 2005, including as director of Skoda UK.

A successor for Alex Smith at the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand will be announced in due course.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.