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Audi, BMW and Ford dominate fleet awards

The Audi A4, has been voted the Company Car of the Year in this year's Fleet News Awards, held last night in London.

Hundreds of fleet operators, who between them operate hundreds of thousands of vehicles, gave their vote of confidence to the model, which was also named Best Large Premium Car at the annual industry awards.

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Britain's best-selling brand, Ford, took home four awards, including the coveted Fleet Manufacturer of the Year title, along with key prizes at the 'working' end of the market with Best Small Car (Ford Fiesta), Best People Carrier (Ford S-MAX) and Best Small SUV (Ford Kuga).

But it was BMW that took most prizes on the night as it swept the board at the premium end of the market with five awards, taking Best Small Premium Car (BMW 1 Series), Best Executive Car (BMW 5 Series) Best Large SUV (the X5), Best Luxury Car (the 7 Series) and the Mini scooped the prize for Best Residual Value Star.

In the remaining headline awards, the Volkswagen Golf was Best Small Family Car while the Best Large Family Car was won by the Mazda6.

With the tough trading conditions being faced by the motor industry, the evening was viewed this year as an opportunity to strengthen business relationships and share ideas.

As well as the various company car based awards, there were also awards for fleet industry bosses and suppliers.

The awards, hosted by AM sister-title Fleet News, were judged by a panel of industry experts, chaired by former chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Christopher Macgowan.

He said: “Despite the difficulties being faced by the fleet industry, this year’s awards attracted high-quality entries, and the theme running through many of them was innovation, safety and environmental awareness, which bodes well for the future”.

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