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Audi scores hat-trick at UK fleet industry’s ‘Oscars’

Audi scores hat-trick at UK fleet industry’s ‘Oscars’

Audi 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.

The 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.  

The awards were presented at a ceremony attended by 1,450 people at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.  

It 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.

Hyundai 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 (0g/km).  

BMW’s 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.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was judged the Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer of the Year,  

Other 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.  

The Fleet 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.

As 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.

Activa 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 Award.  

But BT Fleet stood out as the organisation that most made life easier for fleet operators, winning Fleet Supplier of the Year.  

Other 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.  

The 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.  

Meanwhile, 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 Year.  

Other 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,

The 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.