Nissan X-TRAIL has won the Best 4x4 Award in the Fleet World Honours for the second consecutive year, bringing the total number of awards achieved by this outstanding SUV to a grand total of 16.
The awards were judged by a panel of experts representing the leasing industry, fleet managers, motoring journalists, residual value guides and Fleet World’s editorial team. The judges took a wide range of factors into account, including residual values, maintenance costs, reliability, driver appeal and manufacturer back-up.
Fleet industry consultant George Emmerson, who has managed fleets at IBM, Black Horse Agencies and NHBC, said: "This is a difficult category to judge, because it covers cars from a very wide price range. We were looking for a car that combined style, performance and off-road potential at a price that meant it was available to a reasonable number of company car user-choosers. There was really only one possible winner because the X-TRAIL’s strong performance in all the key areas under consideration put it firmly ahead of its key rivals."
Fleet World editor Ross Durkin commented: "The X-TRAIL is one of the real success stories of recent years for Nissan. The car has established itself as a firm favourite among fleet user-choosers who are seeking something a little out of the ordinary. And yet it has retained the confidence of the contract hire and leasing companies that have such a strong influence over this sector. X-TRAIL really is a car with no negatives."
The award was collected by a delighted Dave Murfitt, Nissan’s Fleet Sales Director, at a special ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall.Published 8 June 2005