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Fleet News Awards 2013 finalists revealed

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Four days of awards judging and countless hours of sifting through more than 100 entry forms has led to this point: the announcement of the finalists in the Fleet News Awards 2013.

Congratulations to all the companies and people that have made it this far: the competition in every category was intense and the debate by the judges was lengthy and occasionally heated.

To be a finalist in this sector’s most important awards is an achievement in itself.

Now we move on to fleet’s night of the year, March 20, when we announce all the winners and highly-commended companies and people, including the latest inductee into the Fleet News Hall of Fame.

As usual our black-tie event takes place at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London in front of an audience of more than 1,400 people.

And as it’s our silver anniversary, expect some additional thrills on the night.

Fleet Awards

Fleet of the year – up to 250 vehicles (sponsored by Auto Windscreens)
Commercial Group
Countryside Council For Wales
GE Capital
Longhurst Group
Musgrave Retail Partners GB
Qdell and LHR Express Cars

Fleet of the year – 251-500 vehicles (sponsored by Volkswagen Fleet Services)
Gateshead Council
Gloucestershire Constabulary
Wakefield and District Housing
Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services

Fleet of the year – 501-1,000 vehicles (sponsored by Hertz Van Rental)
Ashfield In2Focus
Cheshire Constabulary
Daniel Contractors
South Central Ambulance Service

Fleet of the year – 1,001-plus vehicles (sponsored by Honda UK)
Welsh Water Transport Services
Network Rail Infrastructure
Rentokil Initial

Safe fleet of the year (sponsored by FMG)
Addison Lee
Balfour Beatty Fleet Services
Iron Mountain Europe
Network Rail Infrastructure

Green fleet of the year (sponsored by Lex Autolease)
Addison Lee
Commercial Group
Daniel Contractors
South Tyneside Council
Yorkshire Ambulance Service
West Yorkshire Police

Cost saving initiative of the year (sponsored by Zenith)
BT Fleet
REL Field Marketing
Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur

Grey fleet of the year
Chivas Brothers
Countryside Council For Wales
Wiltshire Council

Manufacturer Awards

Best small car
Audi A1
Citroën DS3
Ford Fiesta
Hyundai i20
Kia Rio
Peugeot 208

Best lower medium car
BMW 1 Series
Ford Focus
Honda Civic
Hyundai i30
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Toyota Auris
Volkswagen Golf
Volvo V40

Best upper medium car
Ford Mondeo
Hyundai i40
Vauxhall Insignia
Volkswagen Passat

Best estate car
BMW 5 Series Touring
Hyundai i40 Tourer
Kia Ceed Sportswagon
Mazda6 Tourer
Skoda Superb estate
Volkswagen Passat estate

Best all-round 4x4
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Land Rover Discovery
Toyota Land Cruiser

Best full size people carrier
Ford Grand C-Max
Ford Galaxy
Ford S-Max
Seat Alhambra
Toyota Prius+
Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
Volkswagen Touran

Best crossover
Audi Q3
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-5
Nissan Qashqai
Range Rover Evoque
Skoda Yeti

Best premium car
Audi A4
Audi A5/A5 Sportback
BMW 3 Series
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Volvo S60/V60

Best executive car
Audi A6
BMW 5 Series
Jaguar XF
Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Ultra-low CO2 car
Chevrolet Volt
Renault Fluence
Nissan Leaf
Toyota Prius Plug-in
Vauxhall Ampera

Green fleet manufacturer (sponsored by Stobart Automotive)
Ford Motor Company
Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services
Vauxhall Motors
Volvo Car UK

Most improved fleet manufacturer (sponsored by Stobart Automotive)
Ford Motor Company
Hyundai Motor UK
Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services

Supplier awards

Leasing company of the  year (sponsored by In-Car Cleverness)
ALD Automotive
Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions

Best short-term rental company
Burnt Tree Group
Europcar Group
Hertz UK
Thrifty Car and Van Rental

Customer service award (sponsored by Skoda UK)
ARI Fleet UK
Ogilvie Fleet

Best new product or service
ARI Fleet UK for ARI Analytics
Arval for its technical centre
Freight Transport Association for its certificate of excellence
GE Capital Fleet Services for its integrated solutions
Zenith for its Pulse MI software system

headline awards

Fleet manager of the year (sponsored by FMG)
Estelle Howick, Pfizer
Justin Patterson, MITIE
Lorna McAtear, E.ON
Geoff Wright, Celesio Group (UK)
Karen Karolyi, Virgin Media

Supplier of the year (sponsored by Toyota and Lexus Fleet Services)
The Automobile Association
ATS Euromaster
Holdcroft Motor Group
Nationwide Windscreen Services

New company car of the year (sponsored by LeasePlan)
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 Series
Citroën DS5
Ford Fiesta
Hyundai i30
Mercedes-Benz A-Class
Volvo V40
Volkswagen CC
Volkswagen Golf

Fleet manufacturer of the year (sponsored by KeeResources)
Audi UK
Ford Motor Company
Skoda UK
Volkswagen UK
Volvo Car UK

Fleet News Hall of fame (sponsored by SEAT UK)
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  • Penlee - 27/02/2013 11:56

    29 Awards? You must be kidding? Every year seems to get worse and it now takes longer than the Oscars. Please make it a more manageable number. As a fleet manager with 2,500 vehicles I have NEVER made a buying decision based on the fact that a supplier has a Fleet News Award and I'm not alone. For the evening itself, all people really want is a meal, a glass of wine and a chance to catch up with acquaintances old and new.

    • bristol_bri - 27/02/2013 15:20

      @Penlee - Hi Penlee - it's been 29 awards for years. If you think that's bad, spare a thought for those attending in the 90s when we had 32 awards! The main difference now is we have more fleet categories - 10 in total - and fewer supplier categories. It takes less than an hour to get through so hopefully there's still plenty of time for eating, drinking and catching up with acquaintances.

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