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British-built Vauxhall Astra scoops SME Company Car of the Year Award

British-built Vauxhall Astra scoops SME Company Car of the Year Award

The Vauxhall Astra 1.6 CDTi Design 110PS S/S ecoFLEX has been voted the SME Company Car of the Year 2017.  

Voted for by an independent judging panel, the British-built Astra beat the new Jaguar F-Pace and the new Audi A4 in the SME small fleet focused awards.

The SME Company Car of the Year Awards, run by Business Car Manager, is supported by Fleet Alliance, a leading lease car supplier to the SME business sector.

Announcing the winner, editorial director of Business Car Manager Ralph Morton, said: “The Vauxhall Astra is such a great all-round car for the SME business buyer, it’s not hard to see why our independent judges placed it first.  

“The built in Britain Astra has great operating costs, so that’s a big plus for the finance director; and also delivers over 85mpg economy and low company car taxation, which is a massive plus for any SME employee.  

“But above all it delivers a great all-round proposition of enjoyable driving dynamics, great specification, and low costs. Congratulations to all at Vauxhall, and in particular the workers at Ellesmere Port where the Astra is built.”  

The Vauxhall Astra also won the category Best Value SME Company Car, while the Best SME Company Car Programme also went to Vauxhall.  

Other winners’ in the SME Company Car of the Year Awards were:
Best SME Compact Company Car, Mini Cooper 1.5D Hatch 
Best SME Large Company Car, Audi A4 2.0 TDI ultra Sport 150PS 
Best SME Director’s Company Car, Jaguar F-Pace 2.0 R-Sport 180PS AWD Auto
Best SME Green Company Car, BMW i3 94Ah with Range Extender Auto;
 Best SME After Sales Programme, Hyundai.

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Transporter T6 T28 Highline SWB MR BMT 102ps was voted the Business Van of the Year 2017. The new VW Transporter beat the Vauxhall Movano and Renault Kangoo ZE for scoop the award.  

Business Van of the Year Awards is run by Business Vans, a van user news and information website.

Mr Morton said: “The Volkswagen Transporter won our first Business Van of the Year Award in 2014, and this new sixth-generation version continues that tradition. For those in the trades and small businesses, the Transporter really is an iconic van. Smart, dependable, and good to drive, the Transporter does it all for this important sector of the market.”  

The Volkswagen Transporter also won the Best Large Trades Van category while the Transporter Kombi won the Best Crew Van award.  

Other winners’ in the Business Van of the Year Awards were: Best Small Delivery Van, Vauxhall Corsavan 1.3CDTi 16v 95PS ecoFLEX Start/Stop; Best Small Trades Van, Vauxhall Combo 1.3CDTi 2300L1H1 95ps Euro6 ecoFlex S/Stop; Best Heavy Van, Vauxhall Movano 3500 L2H2 FWD Euro6 BiTurbo 145ps Euro6; Best Green Van, Renault Kangoo ZE Maxi LL21 44kW; Best Finance & Service Package, Free2Move Lease (formerly Citroen Contract Motoring).