VW delivers for Addison Lee

Volkswagen has signed a record-breaking deal with major private hire operator Addison Lee Group.

The London-based global ground transportation business, which operates almost 5,000 vehicles in the UK capital and carries more than 10 million passengers across the city each year, has opted to upgrade its fleet with 1,200 Volkswagen Sharans – the single biggest purchase in the UK to date of Volkswagen’s flexible and capacious seven-seater.

Addison Lee Group will begin taking delivery of the new Volkswagens next week, with all 1,200 cars being Sharan SE 2.0 TDI BlueMotion 150 PS DSG models. Each will feature electric sliding rear doors to boost practicality and safety for passengers.

Volkswagen UK head of fleet Michael O’Shea, said, ‘We are very pleased to be working with such a prominent name as Addison Lee Group. Now, even more people will be able to experience the high quality, luxurious comfort and advanced technology of our large seven-seat MPV.’

Addison Lee Group’s move to the latest generation of Euro-6 standard Sharans will ensure its fleet is compliant with Transport for London’s (TfL) new Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), which will come into force on 8 April 2019.

Lisa Burger, Addison Lee Group’s chief operating officer, said, ‘This multi-million pound investment in new Volkswagen Sharan vehicles will make our entire fleet compliant with TfL’s low emission standards and start the process of moving towards a zero-emissions capable fleet.’