Axing 11 sales points initially seems like a backward step, but VW says that it is better to have specialist van centres rather than simply car dealerships that also sell vans, and that by doing this the customer benefits.

At each centre there will be a specifically trained van seller who will posses detailed commercial vehicle knowledge.

At a recent VWC press event, Volkswagen's impressive management team outlined the German firm's position in the market and presented figures that showed the company in a very positive light.

With a host of refreshed and new product due to come on stream in 2016, VW is targeting potential customers now with a 0% APR finance offer through its bank.

This finance rate is valid for all orders taken up to December 20 this year.

After that the standard APR returns to 4.9%.

Volkswagen Bank is owned by the company and it has been the main reason for the group's rise in the sales charts.

VW tells us it has an 80% approval rate on loan applications.

According to VW Ireland boss Simon Elliott, PCP finance through VW Bank, which is yet to be offered but is coming to its commercial range, already accounts for 80% of Audis sold with finance.

Elliott says Audi buyers know what they're doing when it comes to finance.

2013 has proven to be a very successful year for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, which saw the introduction of the Transporter Trendline. It now accounts for some 60% of all orders on Transporter.

The Trendline specification will now be extended to the Caddy and Crafter range for 2014.

This new specification will add up to 50% savings for customers on items included in these packs: Bluetooth, colour-coded bumpers, Park Distance Control, air conditioning, upgraded radio and new, harder-wearing upholstery.

In terms of warranty, all Transporter vans now come with a three-year manufacturer's unlimited mileage warranty. For the Crafter there is a four-year manufacturer's unlimited mileage warranty.

VWC also took the opportunity to launch a new tag line, "Why Drive Anything Else".