The World Cup may still be a few weeks away, but Vauxhall has already scored a hat trick. The Luton-based manufacturer netted three pieces of silverware at the prestigious Fleet World and Commercial Fleet World Honours 2006.

Scorers for the Vauxhall team were the Vectra Estate for Best Estate Car, Combo for Best Light Van and Vivaro for Best Medium Van.

Commenting on the Vectra Estate award, the Fleet World Honours judges said: "The Vectra Estate is not only more spacious and versatile than its competitors, it is good value, good to drive and stylish too."

Chairman of Judges George Emmerson added: "This is an extremely competitive sector with so many vehicles worthy of consideration. To a fleet manager the factors to look for are the carrying capacities, acceptable operating costs and all the creature comforts demanded by the modern company car driver. The Vauxhall Vectra Estate meets all of these criteria."

The Combo repeated its feat of winning the award for Best Light Van, after a similar success in 2005, and the judges had no hesitation in opting for the Combo again in 2006.

John Kendall, editor of Commercial Fleet World, said: "Only recently, the Combo Crew Van won a landmark judgement with HM Customs and Revenue, which means that buyers of the five-seat crew van can reclaim their VAT from purchasing this versatile model.

"Drivers and fleet managers are also likely to be cheered by the Combo’s weight. Since all models are under 2,000kg GVW, car speed limits apply. This makes it easier for car drivers to remember and its one less thing for fleet managers to tell them about."

The hat-trick was completed by the Vauxhall Vivaro which claimed the prize for Best Medium Van. John Kendall added: "It’s hard to believe that the Vivaro has been with us for almost five years. The revolutionary looks shook the panel van sector up and it still looks fresh and modern today.

"It’s just as forward thinking on the inside, with great attention to drivers’ needs in the cab. There’s plenty of stowage, a driving position that is arguably more car-like than any of its rivals and a dashboard design that is ergonomically sound as well as eye-catching."

The Fleet World Honours are presented annually to motor manufacturers and service companies who have, in the opinion of the judges, achieved the highest possible level of excellence in their sector, and were presented today at the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall.

The judging panel for the Fleet World Honours is chaired by industry professional, George Emmerson, while other members included Ken Rogers, John Kendall and Ross Durkin from Fleet World’s editorial team, Alan Cole of Glass’s Guide and fleet manager Jackie Pomfrett. Residual value, maintenance cost and reliability data is also provided by ALD Automotive, Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions and ING Car Lease.

Earlier in the year, Vauxhall claimed two fleet honours for the New Zafira, which was voted Best Mini-MPV at the Fleet Excellence Awards in January and took the same accolade at the Fleet News Awards in March.

Published : 21/05/06 Author : Melanie Carter

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