Britain’s fleet operators have voted the Mercedes Benz A-Class and S-Class as the best fleet cars in their sectors.

The operators, all readers of Fleet Week and Fleet Management magazines, chose the A-Class as the best Mini MPV, with the S-Class Saloon scooping the Fleet Excellence 2002 Gold Award in the luxury category.

In addition to the Gold Awards, Mercedes Benz collected three Silver Awards – the popular E-Class in Executive and Diesel Executive categories, and the tough M-Class off-roader in the 4x4 sector.

Nick Ratcliffe, Head of Corporate Sales for DaimlerChrysler UK Ltd was delighted with the results: "The versatility of the A-Class has helped make it a success with our fleet customers. It’s refined, has low running costs, and with the long wheelbase version, is as spacious as many much larger vehicles.

"The S-Class is the definitive choice for company directors, and offers effortless reliability, class-leading residuals in a highly desirable package. The fact that both these cars have been chosen for Gold Awards is testament to the high quality of the entire Mercedes Benz range."

Nick continued: "We’re also pleased that the E-Class has achieved two Silver Awards in its last full year of production, clearly showing the car’s enduring appeal. In the off road sector, our M-Class has enjoyed remarkable success, and its recent revisions offer our corporate customers even better value than before."

Mercedes Benz recently unveiled a range-topping A-Class model – the A 210 EVOLUTION, which goes on sale in March. The all-new E-Class Saloon arrives in Britain in August 2002, while the revised M-Class, featuring over 1,100 modifications over the previous model, is available now.

Published : 26/01/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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