Ford Fleet Manufacturer of the Year hat trick
- Ford named Fleet News manufacturer of the year for the third year running
- New Ford Fiesta is Fleet News best small car
- New Ford Kuga and S-MAX take top compact SUV and people carrier prizes
Fleet managers made Ford their manufacturer of the year at the 21st annual Fleet News awards. Thousands of authenticated fleet decision-makers voted for Ford as title winner via the magazine's secure and audited website.
The publication said that Ford’s high levels of fleet back-up, combined with fresh products such as new Kuga, new Fiesta and new Ka, helped keep the brand on top among Fleet News readers.
Best Small Car: New Fiesta
Fleet News chose Britain's top selling car as its favourite small car for fleets, saying: "A great all-rounder, which will appeal to user-choosers and the public sector, the Fiesta will also make an excellent used car and should hold its value well."
Best People Carrier: S-MAX
Ford's seven-seater S-MAX brought a new chapter in design and performance to the multi-purpose vehicle segment. "Its styling veers more towards sporty hatchback. S-MAX also drew praise for the way it drives," said Fleet News.
Best Small SUV: New Ford Kuga
The new Kuga won praise for its sensible pricing, its strong focus on design, build quality and very good driving experience. This year's arrival of a front-wheel drive sub-160g CO2/km version helped sway the decision to the Ford, Fleet News reported.
Kevin Griffin, fleet director for Ford Britain, said: "We are truly delighted that our customers have voted Ford fleet manufacturer of the year for the third year in succession. We have tailored and implemented a strategy that delivers customers' needs and this is part of the reward. It's not just about the provision of vehicles – it's making desirable and exciting product available at the right price, through an excellent dealer body providing after-market support, and maintaining the highest residual values.”