Following the success of the inaugural Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards last year, the second occasion to honour the corporate/business car sector is happening later this month.
The awards programme has a similar format to that of 2012, with two additions to the award classification line-up. Due to the large number of estate cars now available from the various manufacturers (33 and counting!), the judging panel has decided to include an Estate-Premium category alongside the standard Estate class, C-Segment, D-Segment (+ Premium) Executive classes together with a Luxury class on the honours list.
Since last time, a number of new cars have joined the line-up of candidates, together with a few models that have received a mid-life makeover. The expert adjudication panel, consisting of members of the corporate car leasing industry and other delegates from the fleet and finacial sectors that represent the user chooser, have now assessed almost 100 cars from the Long List to select the top ten models in each category.
That Shortlist (listed below) now provides the opportunity for further analysis and examination from a practical and financial viewpoint over two days. Marks will be given to the brand’s fleet strategy parallel to the car’s styling, quality, engine and driving performance, equipment levels, safety, residuals, running costs and BIK.
Brand Distributors were asked about their offerings that benefit the fleet customer and whether they provide driver training. Desirability and efficiency in the business car market are other factors considered as well as their aftersales service.
As per the first edition, the winning car in each of the now seven separate categories will be announced at the Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards 2013 presentation luncheon.
Fleet Car, as media partners, will promote the awards in its magazine, website and social media. Once again, Newspress Ireland, the premier global provider of digital media to automotive journalists, will be involved.
“We are very pleased to be involved in the second annual running of these awards and look forward to announcing the winners at the Networking Luncheon later this month. The selection and election process involves members of the company/corporate car industry from managing directors of leasing companies, financial advisors, advanced driver trainers, fleet safety specialists, health and safety experts and ‘User-Chooser’ drivers. In looking at the Long List, the judging panel had a difficult task in hand to come up with the Shortlist of candidates, before deciding on the eventual winners,” Shane Teskey, Managing Director, Motorcheck.ie, said.
“Last year, Volkswagen, BMW and Audi were honoured in the C Segment, Executive & Estate and D Segment Premium categories respectively, with Skoda elected the best in the business in the D Segment, and it will interesting to see who comes out on top for 2013,” added Cathal Doyle, Deputy Editor, Fleet Car magazine.
Shortlist (In alphabetical order)
Audi A3 – Ford Focus – Skoda Octavia – Volvo V40 – Volkswagen Golf
Honda Accord – Hyundai i40 – Mazda 6 – Skoda Superb – Volkswagen Passat
D-SEGMENT – Premium
Audi A4 – BMW 3 Series – Citroen DS5
Hyundai i40 Tourer – Mazda 6 Tourer – Opel Insignia Sport Tourer – Skoda Superb Combi – Volkswagen Passat Estate
ESTATE – Premium
Audi A6 Avant – BMW 5 Series Touring – Jaguar XF Sportbrake
Audi A6 – BMW 5 Series – BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
Audi A8 – BMW 7 Series – Jaguar XJ