Volkswagen has struck a major fleet deal to supply 360 new light commercial vehicles to Wakefield and District Housing (WDH).

As part of a programme to replace its fleet, WDH will initially take delivery of 119 vehicles between June and September 2014 with a further 126 following before the end of the year.

The LCVs will be used by the housing association’s property maintenance teams, which include builders, plumbers, electricians and ground staff. VW said many of the vehicles feature bespoke specifications to enable them to function efficiently in their roles.

WHD has selected a wide mix of models from the VW line-up including Caddy and Caddy Maxi light vans, short- and long-wheelbase Transporter panel vans, large Crafter panel vans in a variety of wheelbases as well as Crafter dropsides and Crafter specialist dropside specifications from the manufacturer’s Engineered-to-Go conversion scheme.

VW claimed WHD chose the vans for their reliability, affordable maintenance costs and strong whole-life values.

“The flexibility of the Volkswagen model range has allowed us to customize the vehicles to meet our exact needs,” said Rick Young, fleet manager at WHD.

“Working closely with the fleet team at Volkswagen has meant that we have been able to identify the exact models we required along with the specific extras each vehicle needed.”

VW Commercial Vehicles’ national fleet manager Alastair Hemmings added: “WHD’s decision to work with VW Commercial Vehicles to fulfill its vehicle replacement programme has allowed us to demonstrate the flexibility of our range.”

He said the combination of the brand’s broad model line-up backed up by its 14-strong dedicated fleet team would enable it to continue to meet WHD’s fleet requirements going forward.