BMW dominated the recent BusinessCar awards, winning the top car of the year and manufacturer of the year titles.
The magazine, solely for the Fleet industry, has named the new 3-series as their 2013 Car of the year. Added to that, they gave BMW the manufacturer award and went on to give the MINI the title of Supermini of the year. Just for good measure, the X5 carried off the 4×4 of the year.
The awards are decided by readers of the magazine who vote for their choice, this is done on line and via the magazine, undoubtedly it is the most important magazine in the car fleet industry. The editor, Paul Barker, was interviewed following the awards and was supportive of the decision, saying that BMW are still heading manufacturers as they strive for efficiency, performance and reduced running costs. These are all important consideration in choosing a lease vehicle.
The existing 3 series coupe is soon to be relaunched as the 4 series, <read more>.
BMW has targeted efficiency for several years now, a recent 320 diesel tested by What Car was returning over 60 mpg on test. Make no mistake, these are also among the very best built cars you can buy.
“It’s no surprise to see the new 3-series follow in the wheeltracks of the 1-series, which took the 2012 Business Car of the Year award, and it shows that those people operating fleets of vehicles understand and appreciate the job BMW is doing.”
In a separate class of Green Car, the readers voted the Vauxhall Ampera number one. This amazing car uses a generator to charge batteries that power electric motors to drive the wheels. Some efficiency figures of over 280 mpg have been achieved.
Fast fit company Kwik-fit won its category according to the readers votes.