Audi scores hat-trick at UK fleet industry’s ‘Oscars’
scored a hat-trick of wins at the 2017 Fleet
News Awards, including the coveted
Fleet Manufacturer of the Year title voted for exclusively by fleets.
headline victory was achieved alongside wins at the fleet industry ‘Oscars’ for
the Audi A3 and Audi A4 in their respective categories, Best Compact Premium
Car and Best Premium Car.
awards were presented at a ceremony attended by 1,450 people at the Grosvenor
House Hotel in London.
was also a big night for Mercedes-Benz, whose E-Class also followed up a win as
Best Executive Car with New Company Car of the Year, the second category voted
for by Fleet News readers.
also picked up two awards, both of which underline the manufacturer’s
environmental credentials, said the publication, with Green Fleet Manufacturer
of the Year and a win for the new Ioniq Electric as the Best Plug-in Car
i3 Range Extender took the win among plug-in cars with CO2 emissions from
1-50g/km, while the Skoda Superb was judged Best Upper-Medium Car for the
second successive year with the Vauxhall Astra also making it two in a row for
Best Lower-Medium Car.
Chrysler Automobiles was judged the Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer of the
manufacturer category award winners were: Best Small Car, Citroën C3; Best
Lower-Medium Car, Vauxhall Astra; Best Large SUV, Jaguar F-Pace; Best Compact
SUV, Nissan Juke; Best Mid-size SUV, Seat Ateca.
News Awards are judged by a broad panel of industry experts with an
independent chairman - former Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief
executive Christopher Macgowan. The whole process was audited by Deloitte to
ensure all contenders were given due and proper consideration.
well as covering the main car sectors in the UK fleet market, there were also
awards for the best fleet operators, as well as rewarding excellence among
leasing companies, rental companies and other fleet suppliers.
Contracts was judged the Best Leasing Company (up to 20,000 vehicles) and Zenith
the Best Leasing Company (more than 20,000 vehicles), while the AA’s
performance among fleet operators was acknowledged with the Customer Service
BT Fleet stood out as the organisation that most made life easier for fleet
operators, winning Fleet Supplier of the Year.
fleet supplier awards were won by: Best Rental Company of the Year, Enterprise
Rent-A-Car; Most Innovative New Product or Service, Freight Transport
Association; Fleet Dealer of the Year, Swansway Group; Fleet Specialist
Services Supplier of the Year, FleetCheck.
Environment Agency was recognised among the large fleets for its keenness to
innovate to successfully improve how its fleet operates winning the Fleet of
the Year 1,001-plus vehicle category, while Royal Mail was rewarded for how it
has identified cost savings and its willingness to implement new ideas across a
huge organisation with the Cost Saving Initiative of the Year title.
Panasonic was singled out for its environmental initiatives beyond running
low-emission vehicles, including its home working policy and clever use of
solar panels and Jo Hammonds, of Mears Group, was named Fleet Manager of the
fleet category award winners were: Fleet of the Year up to 250 vehicles, London
& Quadrant Housing Trust; Fleet of the Year 251-1,000 vehicles, Enserve
Group; Most Improved Fleet of the Year, London & Quadrant Housing Trust;
Safe Fleet of the Year,
former fleet manager for British Gas, Colin Marriott, was inducted into the Fleet News Hall of Fame following his
retirement from managing the 15,000-strong fleet of vehicles at the UK’s
largest energy company.