Ford and BMW each picked up two prizes as Britain’s fleet decision-makers named the vehicles that set the current industry standards at the prestigious 2012 Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) Awards.
The BMW 3 series was voted as the Fleet Car of the Year – the first time any maker other than Ford, Vauxhall and Volkswagen has received the honour.
BMW also won the Environmental Initiative of the Year Award for its low emission EfficientDynamics technology, which is now available across its range.
Ford maintained its reputation as Britain’s number one supplier of vans, as fleet operators named the Transit Connect and Transit Small Van of the Year and Large Van of the Year respectively.
The Awards are highly regarded among the commercial motoring sector as unlike many other accolades they reflect the everyday operational experiences of fleet decision-makers.
ACFO chairman Julie Jenner said businesses and fleet operators are only as good as the quality of their vehicles and are dependent on motor manufacturers to deliver vans and cars that are not only cost effective to operate, but are safe, reliable and environmentally-friendly.
“Operating successfully in partnership … means that through the availability of top quality vehicles and first rate suppliers, vehicle downtime can be kept to an absolute minimum and fleet managers can focus on the efficient and effective operation of their vehicles to support their businesses,” she added.
Reducing vehicle downtime is a crucial factor for many firms and those that adopt a car or van leasing deal can stay one step ahead of the competition.
Contract hire allows businesses to bypass the high-up front costs that are associated with replacing stricken vehicles and could provide easy access to some of the industry’s top vehicles.
For instance, the Ford Transit Connect 200 TDCi 90 PS has a basic list price of £17,250, but is available on a business van leasing deal from as little as £195.58 a month.
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