Fiat's in-car technology that helps drivers save fuel and cut emissions - eco:Drive Fleet - has been presented with the Fleet Driver Service Award in the 2011 Fleet World Honours.
eco:Drive Fleet was launched in March 2010 and works through the Blue&Me information system, available in all new Fiat vehicles, is developed by a collaboration between Fiat and Microsoft.
By plugging in a USB stick into the Blue&Me port, eco:Drive Fleet downloads information about driving style and provides suggestions on how the driver can improve efficiency further.
Chairman of the judging panel and Fleet world Editor, Steve Moody, says: "As fuel becomes ever more expensive, drivers want to be actively engaged in looking at ways of driving more efficiently. Fiat's brilliant eco:Drive allows them to do this quickly, cheaply and easily. Software linking car to PC enables fleets to analyse vehicle mileage and fuel consumption retrospectively, as well as suggesting sustainable driving behaviour for the future, with Fiat claiming savings of up to 15 per cent on fuel costs, as well as wear and tear, as a result."
"We are delighted to receive this continued recognition for eco:Drive from such a professional organisation as Fleet World. This innovative product is proving very useful to both consumers and businesses, with the common goal of cutting costs and reducing CO2 emissions," says Elena Bernardelli, marketing director, Fiat Group Automobiles UK.
More than 57,000 users have downloaded eco:Drive with more than four million journeys having been logged and analysed via Fiat's dedicated website, totaling over 3.99 million kg of CO2 being saved.Published 12 May 2011