BMW wins big in first ever BusinessCar Awards

21st September 2017

When it comes to choosing which models should join your company car fleet, the wealth of options can be overwhelming.

However, the ordeal has been made slightly easier after the best fleet-friendly cars were highlighted during the inaugural BusinessCar Awards.

There are plenty of car awards ceremonies, but this one focuses on the models that are most suitable for companies and organisations.

BMW was the big winner on the night with a trio of gongs. It was named Fleet Manufacturer of the Year, while the 5 Series (pictured) picked up Best Executive Car and the reader-voted New Company Car of the Year.

Volkswagen collected Best City Car and Best Lower-medium Car for the up! and Golf respectively, while Mercedes-Benz came away with Best Premium Car (C-Class) and Best Luxury Car (S-Class).

Rob East, head of fleet at Mercedes-Benz Cars UK, said both cars were “perfect examples of what Mercedes-Benz does best, combining unbeatable comfort with competitive running costs, plus excellent interior quality”.

He added: “It’s great to see these strengths being recognised by key members of the fleet industry.”

In other categories, Hyundai’s plug-in hybrid/electric Ioniq claimed the title of Best Green Car, while Ford’s Fiesta was named Best Small Car and the Skoda Superb Best Upper-medium Car.

It wasn’t just cars though, as Zenith was named Leasing Company of the Year (25,000+ vehicles), while Ogilvie Fleet claimed the same title for less than 25,000 vehicles.

The rest of the winners list looked like this:

Best Compact SUV: Renault Captur

Best Compact Premium Car: Audi A3

Best Mid-sized SUV: Volvo XC60

Best Large SUV: Land Rover Discovery

Best MPV: Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

Although it was the first ever BusinessCar Awards, the magazine’s editor Debbie Wood was pleased with the inaugural ceremony.

“Year one was always going to be a challenge,” she commented, “but thanks to some hard work within the BusinessCar team and the support of our fantastic sponsors and judges, I'm delighted with how the evening went. We have some really worthy winners this year.”

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, added: “There’s no shortage of car awards, but BusinessCar is a respected title amongst fleet decision makers, so we expect their opinion will bear some influence on which models they choose in future.”