The Volkswagen Polo has been named Best Small Car in the 2010 Fleet World Honours, presented at the RAC Club in London.
Volkswagen's Head of Fleet Services, Vincent Kinner, collected the award which was voted for by a number of industry professionals. The judging panel is chaired by Fleet World Editor, Steve Moody, and includes Ken Rogers, Natalie Wallis, John Kendall and Ross Durkin from the Fleet World editorial team. Residual value, maintenance cost and reliability data is provided by ALD Automotive, Masterlease, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions and ING Car Lease. Market value data is provided by EurotaxGlass and CDL Vehicle Information Services.
Chairman of Judges, Steve Moody, said: "The Volkswagen Polo is a small car with a big car personality. Downsizing customers will never feel shortchanged thanks to its excellent interior space and superb build quality. Add in a strong range of engines with excellent fuel efficiency, and never has a supermini been so super."
Volkswagen's Vincent Kinner said: "We're delighted to receive this award. Since its launch last October the Polo has gone from strength to strength. It epitomises the Volkswagen strengths of quality, practicality, safety and value for money and this award, on top of the many others it had already received, proves its appeal to fleet managers as well as private buyers and drivers."
The Volkswagen Polo is currently the European Car of the Year as well as the World Car of the Year. In addition it holds Supermini of the Year titles from What Car? and Fleet News.
It is available in a number of different variants, including the ultra-frugal BlueMotion version which has a 1.2-litre 75 PS TDI engine and returns 80.7 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 91 g/km of carbon dioxide. A high performance Volkswagen Polo GTI model featuring a 1.4-litre TSI 180 PS powerplant will go on sale in the UK in summer 2010.Published 19 May 2010