Škoda UK has won a new contract with the domestic cleaning franchise Molly Maid to supply an additional 15 Fabia S 1.0 Hatch models to its UK fleet and a further 60 in the next year.
Established 33 years ago, Molly Maid’s UK wide cleaning operation utilises 370 cars across its fleet to carry out over 300,000 cleans every year. Thirty Škoda Fabias have already been added to the fleet with 15 new vehicles currently on order, and plans to increase numbers further by replacing existing Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall models following the end of vehicle cycles.
Molly Maid says that the Fabia was chosen thanks to its low P11d value and competitive lease cost compared to competitors. Plus, the BIK rate was a factor to keep overall running costs low for drivers.
The Fabia also offers a sizeable 330-litre boot (seats up, 1,150 litres with the rear bench folded), which is ideal to carry bulky cleaning equipment, it said.
The coverage of the Škoda retailer network was also essential to securing the deal. With a high annual turnover of vehicles, the ability to deliver new models quickly to staff nationwide is vital to ensure excellent customer service is maintained, it said.
Jonathan Holden, COO of Molly Maid, explained: "The Škoda Fabia fitted the bill completely for us, right down to the fundamentals of cost - not just for the business but our drivers - practicality and overall design. Image matters in this arena, and that was a huge consideration, as each car is required to be in the Molly Maid navy blue with our specially designed livery, to act as a roaming billboard for the company.
"We made the move to Škoda, as previous manufacturers couldn’t offer the same combination of benefits as the Fabia. We also need a rapid response from a dealer network to both supply and service vehicles to save on costly downtime and ŠKODA has proven time and time again to deliver on all fronts."
Henry Williams, head of fleet at Škoda UK, added: “We are delighted to be working with Molly Maid, they have a huge network of drivers across the UK who mainly drive in towns and cities, therefore the compact Fabia was the ideal choice.
“The five door S model offers a deceptively sizable boot and the vehicle’s fuel efficiency and running costs ensure that it is economical for business as well. We look forward to building on our relationship with Molly Maid in the coming years."
The Škoda Fabia is a modern small car available in four trim levels: S, SE, SEL and Monte Carlo with P11d prices starting from £11,100.