July 17, 2002

Volkswagen is tops with European fleet buyers

Two separate surveys in Germany and England rank the Volkswagen Passat and Polo as the most preferred fleet cars.

In the U.K., the Passat range retained its unchallenged title of ACFO (Association of Car Fleet Operators) Fleet Car of the Year 2002, with a convincing majority of the votes, cast by ACFO members earlier this year. Passat shared the accolade with the Vauxhall Vectra range 2 years ago, but won outright last year – and repeated this success in the most recent poll.

In Germany, “Firmenauto”, a German motoring magazine for business users, chose the Volkswagen Polo as the best company car. The Volkswagen Polo 1.2 Trendline received the most votes in the “Small cars” category. Second and third places went to the Seat Ibiza and Skoda Fabia – also Volkswagen Group models.

The ACFO Fleet Car and Vans of the Year Awards are based on members’ detailed operating experience. One of the major voting criteria is the requirement that the member has had to operate his voting choice, for a minimum period of 12 months. The poll also asks members to consider the depth and breadth of the model range, the manufacturers’ and dealer networks efficiency and attitude, driver opinion, and overall cost experience, in making their decision. Voting is on the basis of a complete model range, and not just one individual derivative. Members vote by (secret) postal ballot, and the votes are counted by an independent solicitor.

Firmenauto is a specialist magazine for the car fleet market. The jury consists of 120 vehicle fleet managers who subjected 30 models in various classes to two days’ thorough testing.

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