The Land Rover Freelander has been named ‘Best small 4x4’ by influential motoring publications Fleet Week and Fleet Management in their annual Fleet Excellence Awards.
In a class that has become increasingly competitive, the voting readerships of Fleet Week and Fleet Management judged the Freelander’s popularity and all-terrain ability to be the best on the market.
Tristan Young, editor of Fleet Week, said: "The Freelander, helped by a wealth of off-road experience from the boffins at Land Rover, has now been the benchmark for the sector for some years. In the total market, including user-choosers and cash-for-car buyers, the Freelander eclipses all."
Fleet Week and Fleet Management magazine aim to provide their readers with news and information, enabling them to make the best decisions when selecting and managing large vehicle fleets.
Commenting on the award win, Mike Wright, managing director of Land Rover UK, said: "This award underlines the Freelander’s enduring appeal within the business sector. With a variety of engines and body styles available, there is a vehicle to suit any application. From tough commercial use, to the commute to work the Freelander is ideal for companies and drivers that require a vehicle with real versatility."
The Freelander, launched in 1997, is the fastest selling Land Rover in the company’s history and achieved its best ever year in 2002 with a 10% increase in world sales.Published 26 January 2003