Mazda6 Hatch And Estate

The Mazda6 has won the Fleet News Best Upper Medium Car at the prestigious annual Fleet News awards which recognises the best company cars in the country.

Fleet News is the industry-leading newspaper for fleet decision-makers who operate company cars and vans.

The company car market alone covers an estimated three million vehicles and fleet buyers are responsible for purchasing half the new vehicles sold in the UK each year.

The judging panel was made up of 12 leading figures in the fleet industry, whose companies together run a combined fleet of about 400,000 vehicles.

Therefore, winning an award is a major boost for any manufacturer with business buyers.

The Fleet News judges' criteria were clear for this award:

'Challenged from below by desirable and large lower medium cars and from above by wholelife cost-competitive premium cars, the winner had to distinguish itself as operationally efficient, highly cost-effective and driver desirable/aspirational. A comprehensive range was also important. '

The Mazda6 fought off competition from a wide range of competitors winning on a number of features that make this a most desirable company car. The judges commented on the Mazda6:

'Who says the mould can't be broken? Mazda has dared to be different with its new upper medium contender and has created a market-leading car. The spirit of the Mazda MX-5 shines through in this car with its excellent driving characteristics and wonderful looks, yet it also offers low wholelife costs, great engines and a wide range of body styles. Compare this with its predecessor and you can see the leap forward Mazda has made as a company.'

Fleet News editor John Maslen, who chaired the judging panel, said: ‘The Fleet News awards are well-known as the industry's Oscars. Fleets are flexing their financial muscles to demand manufacturers raise quality and keep prices low, which benefits everyone in the country who drives a car.

'To have a Mazda winning such a prestigious award as Best Upper Medium Car – which the Ford Mondeo won last year – is a clear sign of the resurgence of their Mazda brand following its change of ownership.'

Published : 25/03/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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