The popularity of the Ford Mondeo TDCi in the fleet market helped it scoop Diesel Car of the Year at the Fleet Excellence Awards in London yesterday evening.
Ford also won a total of three best-in-class awards for the Ford Mondeo (Best Upper Medium Car), Ford Focus (Best Lower Medium Car) and Ford Galaxy (MPV). The Ford Ka, Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus TDCi and Ford Mondeo estate were also highly commended, and Ford received a commendation for Eco Manufacturer of the Year.
The annual Fleet Excellence Awards are voted for by UK fleet customers who are readers of Fleet Week, Fleet Management and What Van? Fleet.
Commenting on Ford's success, Ford Motor Company Limited managing director, Paul Thomas, said: "It's great to see that the continued product excellence of our vehicles are recognised by our customers, who yet again have made us number one in the fleet market.
"Sales of Ford diesels in Britain soared last year and fleet diesel sales were up 41 per cent on 2001. The Ford Mondeo and Ford Focus TDCi models significantly contributed to Ford retaining UK fleet market leadership. Customers have also given TDCi a further vote of confidence by naming the Ford Mondeo and Ford Focus variants Number One and Number Two respectively in the Diesel Car of the Year category."Published 26 January 2003