Oct 22, 2018

  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles supports STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championships with fleet
  • Amarok, Crafter and Caravelle used by athletes and VIPs during competition
  • Wood-chopping world championships were held in the UK for the first time
  • Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is a headline sponsor of the global tournament

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles provided fleet support for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship held in the UK for the very first time this weekend at the Liverpool Echo Arena.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® is an international extreme sports competition, inspired by the logging industry, which sees the world’s best athletes chopping and sawing wood at speed using razor sharp axes and saws.

This weekend competitors from 21 nations headed to Liverpool to compete at six thrilling disciplines, three using an axe and three using saws. Friday’s event saw 21 nations compete in the Team Relay Event, with the Australian team walking away winners. On Saturday the 12 top athletes took to the stage for the individual event, with the coveted individual title taken home by Laurence O’Toole of Team Australia.

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a headline sponsor of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® since 2015, will lend its support until 2020, providing a pair of Amaroks, a Crafter and a fleet of Caravelles to support the event, dubbed the original extreme sport. 

The Caravelle, with its comfortable and versatile seating and state-of-the-art infotainment system, was used to transport competitors and VIPs from the airport to the event. Volkswagen Amarok, the perfect companion for any wood-chopping athlete thanks to its 1,154kg payload, was on display outside the Echo Arena, while the all-new 2018 Crafter was used to move huge wooden sculptures of the competitors to Liverpool. 

The use of a wide-range of products supports Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ Working With You promise which ensures every customer is able to purchase or lease a vehicle that perfectly suits their needs, no matter what the business. 

Kate Thompson, Head of Press and Public Relations at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “It was great to be in Liverpool and to see such a wide range of our vehicles helping to keep the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® tournament moving. For the UK to host the World Championships was a great honour, and we were pleased that Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles could play such a central role.” 

Paul Sumalowitsch, from STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, said ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have had Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles on board as a sponsor for the World Championship. It’s been a fantastic event and the team have played a key role in making the event possible. We are looking forward to working with them in the coming years. 

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For more information, please contact Grant McPherson, Product Affairs Manager, on 01908 548210 or 07774 684222, or Kate Thompson, Head of Press and Public Relations, on 01908 601478.

About Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles
Over 60 years ago, the first Transporter arrived in the UK, creating a blueprint which others would follow: a van which gets the job done efficiently and reliably. Today, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles offers a diverse model range – from the compact Caddy, through the evergreen Transporter and sturdy Crafter panel vans, dropsides and tippers, to the Caravelle passenger carrier, California camper and the Amarok pick-up. The vehicles are as versatile and dependable as Volkswagens have always been, but now they’re more spacious, more comfortable and safer than ever.

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