2010 FW Honours: Mercedes S-Class and Sprinter retain FW crowns
Both vehicles retained their awards from 2009, whilst Sprinter now enjoys a three-year reign.
The Best Luxury Car award for the S-Class was presented to Adrian Freeman, regional corporate sales manager for Mercedes-Benz UK at a special ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall on Tuesday 18 May.
Steve Moody, editor of Fleet World, commented: 'The luxury sector is about to become even more competitive, but all new entrants have one model to beat, a model that continues to define the very best in corporate motoring and luxury: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. New more efficient engines have made the line-up even more formidable than ever before.'
Colin Niklas, national corporate sales manager for Mercedes-Benz UK, said: 'We are delighted that the 2010 Fleet World Honours judging panel has once again awarded the S-Class with the accolade of Best Luxury Car. The S-Class is well recognised as being at the fore front of new technology as well as offering the ultimate in luxurious surroundings, extreme comfort and of course great efficiency.'
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter also delighted the judges, winning the Best Large Van award.
Van Fleet World editor, John Kendall, said: 'The Sprinter has taken this award for the past few years and now with Euro-5 engines out in the past year, it does much to consolidate the van’s position. The models have much to offer on all counts. The latest Sprinter has a new 2.2-litre common rail diesel with lower emissions and better fuel consumption, while car-like driving characteristics belie the size of the larger models. Not surprisingly, they have become firm fleet favourites.'
Steve Bridge, Mercedes-Benz Vans sales and marketing director, added: 'The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has held the accolade of Best Large Van since 2008, and we’re thrilled it has retained its title again in 2010. The vehicle has repeatedly set standards by offering the van fleet market low whole life costs, excellent fuel economy and a firm commitment to safety.'
The Best Large Van award was presented to Julia Elkins, senior press officer – commercial vehicles.