Mercedes-Benz took home a hat trick of accolades from the 2015 Fleet News Awards in March.
The brand scooped the title of ‘Most Improved Manufacturer’ for the second year running, while the C-Class and E-Class were honoured as Best Premium Car and Best Executive Car respectively.
Most Improved Manufacturer
The most influential and important awards in the fleet industry, the Fleet News Awards are celebrated each year with a glittering ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
Announcing the awards, Stephen Briers, Editor of Fleet News said: “Last year’s winner has not rested on its laurels; it has continued to make significant improvements. Mercedes-Benz has invested in its people and services to keep pace with its rapid growth in fleet. The judges praised its outstanding customer service and highly knowledgeable staff and said that the field teams are working hard on their fleet relationships. Topped by a much improved model range, it edged Mercedes-Benz ahead of the pack for an unprecedented back-to-back category win.”
Sally Dennis, Head of Fleet at Mercedes-Benz UK, commented: “We’re delighted that we have won Most Improved Manufacturer of the Year for a second time. This is confirmation that our continued efforts across the board are being recognised and that we are on the right path providing customers with a great range of tax and fuel efficient cars, as well as meeting and exceeding great levels of customer service.”
C-Class: Best Premium Car
The latest C-Class, launched in June 2014, continues to go from strength to strength with a comprehensive engine line-up, and now it can boast the accolade of Best Premium Car too.
“The C-Class is a major step-up in class over the previous model, with excellent build quality and the use of intelligent technology,” said Stephen Briers. He added: “The judges said it marked a return to class-leading interior quality for Mercedes, while the attractive exterior design boosts its appeal. Low emissions, frugal on fuel, strong residual values and a good driver’s car are further helping to strengthen Mercedes-Benz’s order bank in the corporate market.”
E-Class: Best Executive Car
When it came to Best Executive Car, Stephen explained what made the E-Class stand out: “The diesel hybrid option swung the judges’ decision in favour of the E-Class in a highly competitive category. It gives the car a wide choice of efficient engines, complemented by executive-car features, low running costs and a quality interior. Available in both estate and saloon versions, the E-Class is an unbeatable choice for the corporate sector.”
Sally Dennis added: “C-Class and E-Class are two of our biggest volume fleet cars, for both to be honoured at the Fleet News Awards as Best Premium Car and Best Executive car respectively is fantastic! We have worked hard to offer great packages and the teams in Stuttgart have delivered the goods in terms of developing cars that are competitive when it comes to CO?, fuel consumption and ride comfort, plus they look great!”
The C-Class range offers a choice of diesel and petrol engines, as well as the C 300 BlueTEC Diesel Hybrid. June will also see the introduction of the first plug-in hybrid for the C-Class range when the C 350 e arrives. From its launch in June until the end of 2014, over 5,400 C-Class’ were registered to fleet.
Meanwhile the E-Class range offers a choice of petrol, diesel and a diesel hybrid, and in 2014 there were over 9,403 vehicles registered to fleet customers