Ford, Audi and Skoda all came away from this year’s Fleet World Honours with two car awards each.
Organised by Fleet World magazine and held at the Royal Automobile Club on London’s Pall Mall, the awards recognise the best suppliers and manufacturers in the fleet industry.
The 31 category winners were decided by an expert panel of Fleet World editors and aside from praising the year’s best in class cars, it also honoured innovations that have helped make life easier for fleet managers, such as new products and services that cut costs, streamline operations and contribute to safer, more fuel-efficient fleets.
As for the double winners on the night, Audi claimed best premium lower medium car and best compact executive car for the A3 and A4 respectively.
The Skoda Superb was named best upper medium car and the Kodiaq SUV won best large family car, while the Ford Fiesta bagged best new car and best supermini.
Mercedes-Benz was named fleet manufacturer of the year and also won an award for the E-Class (best executive car).
Reacting to the fleet honour Mercedes’ head of fleet Rob East said: “This award is recognition of our consistent customer approach, which is made possible by the dedication of our retail partners.”
That ‘fleet manufacturer of the year’ honour could go to SEAT next time around after it was deemed to have been the most improved fleet manufacturer in 2017 (that's SEAT UK's head of fleet and business sales Peter McDonald in the photo at the top).
Fleet World editor Alex Grant said: “Casting the net out to suppliers and manufacturers is always an interesting process, and this year’s entries were stronger than ever.
“The lengthy judging process highlights just how much innovation operators can now call upon to improve the way their business moves. So many thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to our deserved winners.”
Full list of winners at 2018’s Fleet World Honours:
Best new car: Ford Fiesta
Best city car: Kia Picanto
Best supermini: Ford Fiesta
Best lower medium car: Volkswagen Golf
Best premium lower medium car: Audi A3
Best upper medium car: Skoda Superb
Best compact executive car: Audi A4
Best executive car: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Best luxury car: BMW 7 Series
Best large family car: Skoda Kodiaq
Best small SUV: Mazda CX-3
Best medium SUV: Peugeot 3008
Best large SUV: Volvo XC60
Best ultra-low emission car: Renault ZOE
Technology award: Toyota/Lexus Hybrids
One to watch: Hyundai Kona EV
Most Improved Manufacturer: Seat
Fleet Manufacturer of the Year: Mercedes-Benz
Innovation in accident management: Arval Active Link
Innovation in contract hire and leasing: ALD Mobility Experience
Innovation in cost reduction: TMC Mobility+
Innovation in customer service: Zenith Accelerate 2.0
Innovation in driver management: Alphabet Mobility Consultants
Innovation in electric mobility: Alphabet Electrification Potential Analysis
Innovation in fuel saving and management: TMC Fuel+
Innovation in mobile comms: Chevin FleetWave Forms
Innovation in remarketing: Shoreham Vehicle Auctions
Innovation in rental: FleetEurope De-Risk
Innovation in risk management: Licence Bureau View My Data Portal
Innovation in telematics: Crystal Ball SmartCam