Hyundai is bringing alternative fuels into the mainstream in an innovative way with the Ioniq three-in-one car. It is committed to hydrogen as well as electrified platforms and its sustainable energy is evident in its Korean factory where surplus electricity produced by solar panels is fed back into the grid.
Innovative technology ensures the E-Class offers low real-world emissions, while comfortable seats and a smooth ride make it perfect for long distances. With refined drivetrains, low running costs and high residuals, the cavernous estate tips the balance in favour of the E-Class.
Royal Mail has made savings by taking a holistic view of the fleet and identifying how it could do things differently rather than simply adapting existing policies. It is a massive organisation but that doesn’t hold it back when it comes to implementing new ideas; it is constantly trialling and testing solutions.
The Audi A4 is well equipped with a broad range of engines. Running costs are very competitive, while the quality of the build and the interior are class leading. Overall, the A4 has the most driver appeal of any car in this category.
Spacious, with a wide range of engine and trim options and best-in-class residuals, the A3 offers low overheads for fleets and low benefit-in-kind tax for drivers. It does everything well so it’s no surprise that company car drivers tend to be repeat purchasers.
FleetCheck’s senior management team understands the needs of its fleet customers and reacts to requests. Its fleet compliance portal was borne out of a need for legal help, particularly among SMEs. FleetCheck proactively contacts customers it believes need additional training or support.
Swansway has invested heavily in fleet with a standalone group fleet centre which has reduced vehicle turnaround times. It sets high customer satisfaction standards for vehicle handover. It has strong partnerships with leasing companies and fleet sales director Sarah Eccles is involved with of a number of working parties.
The fastest selling Jaguar ever, the F-Pace blends sports car and SUV into one compelling package for fleets and drivers. Equally at home on- or off-road, the F-Pace delivers unbelievable value for such a well-appointed car.
A range of environmental initiatives in a well thought-out policy. The judges praised Panasonic’s travel plans, home working policy, active buy-in from drivers and the clever use of solar panels – it’s not just about running low emission vehicles.
Attention to detail is one of Colin Marriott’s greatest assets. It was forged in the naval dockyards in Portsmouth, where he was apprentice of the year for two consecutive years, and developed as he moved to the then VOSA and the vehicle inspectorate.
The FTA’s Van Excellence Driver Certificate of Competence puts a new twist on driver training. It gives van drivers a professional qualification and recognises that driving is an at-work activity. Big name fleets are among the early adopters and the judges said the certificate will “raise standards” and has the potential to have “a significant impact”.
Skanska has a holistic approach to running a safe fleet. It identifies the gaps and finds the best solutions. In addition to its own strong track record of reducing incidents, Skanska is also active in the wider market in helping other organisations to improve the safety of their own fleets. Comprehensive and admirable, said the judges.
Audi’s busy year saw it introduce the latest generation A4 range and launch a car into a new sector with the Q2, as well as make important updates to the A3 range maintaining its desirability over rivals. They have ensured the product line-up still has plenty of appeal for fleets.
The AA impressed the judges with its “anywhere, anytime capability” – it was even able to respond to a call out close to the Arctic Circle. Its customer satisfaction scores are consistently high despite it facing a challenging customer service environment. The judges also praised its use of technology and its wide range of services.
In a sector where price accessibility and running costs are key factors, the Juke emerges as a clear winner. Broad appeal for both fleets and drivers, the Juke is an enduring car that is equally at home as a salary sacrifice car as it is fulfilling a job-need function.
From a standing start, Maurice Elford has delivered outstanding results by understanding the role of the fleet and the needs of its drivers. He has secured buy-in to new initiatives and can show measurable outcomes. The judges were impressed by the appointment of a garage which helps disadvantaged people back into work.