Volkswagen to Deliver 13,600 Vehicles to Deutsche Post
Pischetsrieder gives Zumwinkel the symbolic key to the 5,000th vehicleWolfsburg/Hannover, 12/15/2005, 10:30 AM CET
"Therefore, statistically, we have handed over a vehicle to Deutsche Post every two hours in the past 60 years", said Pischetsrieder. Board member for Sales of the Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles brand, Michael Kern, noted: "We have tailored the vehicles to meet Deutsche Post's transport needs. The Caddy is produced in the Polish plant in Poznan; the T5 Transporter comes off the assembly line in our home plant in Hanover."
Zumwinkel emphasized that Volkswagen submitted the best overall bid in the invitation to tender for Germany. Maintenance of the vehicles through the repair network of Europe's largest auto manufacturer is also part and parcel of the agreement. "We deliver about 72 million letters and around 3 million parcels to 35 million households daily, which naturally should arrive reliably and quickly. We count on state-of-the-art technology to do so", says Zumwinkel. "The agreement with Volkswagen ensures we have vehicles that have already proven to be reliable over many years in daily service at Deutsche Post."
In 2004, the VW models in Deutsche Post's fleet logged more than 125 million kilometers. The vehicles will be deployed throughout Germany for, among other things, combined mail and parcel delivery service. Overall, Deutsche Post World Net has a fleet of 79,000 vehicles and thus has the largest civilian vehicle fleet in Europe. The current agreement gives Volkswagen the largest share of vehicles in the Deutsche Post fleet.