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BMW wins top manufacturer award at Fleet World Honours

For the third year running, BMW scooped the Fleet Manufacturer of the Year title in the Fleet World Honours.

The brand was also recognised under the Innovation Award, with Fleet World editor Steve Moody saying: ‘The i brand’s futuristic-looking, lightweight cars are every bit a BMW to drive, featuring cutting edge materials built in environmentally conscious facilities, while the ownership packages help to make the switch to electromobility as seamless as possible.’

And fleet favourite, the 3 Series, once again took the Best Compact Executive award.

Meanwhile this year also saw Skoda scoop the Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer title whilst also claiming the Best Estate Car for the Octavia.

Patrick McGillycuddy, head of fleet, Skoda UK, said: ‘We are very pleased to have been recognised by industry leaders as the manufacturer that has made the most significant progress during the past year. We have taken large steps to grow our team, brand presence and model line-up for company car drivers and our ever increasing market share within fleet demonstrates that this strategy is clearly paying off.’

And the Fleet World Honours also saw the Peugeot 308 – winner of the European Car of the Year 2014 – scoop the Best New Car title.

Amongst the VAN Fleet World Honours, Ford took the Van Manufacturer of the Year title for the second successive year, with Van Fleet World managing editor John Kendall commenting: ‘Not a difficult choice for the judges given the comprehensive renewal of Ford's van range that is still going on. To date they have all been class-leading to drive, too, which makes Ford a worthy winner.’

Ford was also heavily present in the individual model awards, with the Transit Connect named Best New Van and Best Small Van whilst the Transit Custom took the best Medium Van and the Security Award amongst the Editor’s Awards. Meanwhile the Ford Ranger was named Best Pick-Up.

The Van Fleet World Honours also saw Volkswagen named as Most Improved Van Manufacturer – the brand was also present in the Fleet World Honours, with the up! taking the Best City Car.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.