Vauxhall Vectra
Vauxhall’s new Vectra has won its second major award within a week.

The Ellesmere Port-built model was named New Fleet Car of the Year by the influential Fleet Week and Fleet Management publications, required reading for fleet operators with more than 100 vehicles in their charge.

Last week Vectra was named Best Family Car by What Car? magazine.

The Vectra accolade was one of four that went to Vauxhall in the Fleet Week and Fleet Management awards.

The unstoppable Zafira was named Best MPV – a coveted prize also awarded by What Car?.

Vauxhall was also named Manufacturer of the Year and ECO Manufacturer of the Year.

Fleet Week editor Tristan Young said of the Vectra award: "Last year’s voting for the Fleet Excellence Awards saw a surge in the popularity of prestige brands and cars. This year Vauxhall fought back by launching a car that gave fleets all the qualities of a prestige vehicle without a prestige price. For the development and production of the new Vectra, Vauxhall pulled out all the stops and the finished car shows this commitment."

The Manufacturer of the Year award went to Vauxhall because, said Tristan Young: "The year was a strong one for Vauxhall with the launch of its most accomplished car yet in the new Vectra alongside a strong model roll-out in the dual-fuel market. In some ways it is fitting Vauxhall should be voted winner in this category as 2003 is also Vauxhall’s centenary year."

On the award of the Eco Manufacturer of the Year title, Young commented: "A very busy year has seen the company further commit itself to LPG dual-fuel vehicles. Launches include the Vectra Dualfuel, the Astra Coupe Dualfuel and the Zafira Dualfuel, all clean enough to avoid the London congestion charge and all treated exactly the same as regular diesels or petrols in terms of warranty and servicing. This year promises to be equally busy – both the Corsa and the forthcoming Meriva are set for the Dualfuel conversion."

Of the Vauxhall Zafira Best MPV award, Young said: "Reasons for the award include the car’s clever Flex7 system that has sent rival carmakers scurrying to develop seven-seat systems that can compete."

Published : 20/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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