granitekitchen Awards 2015: winners revealed
27 January 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
granitekitchen Magazine's 2015 Car of the Year is the Mercedes-Benz C-class.
Our awards carry particular weight because they are the only accolades in the industry to be decided entirely by the readership of granitekitchen magazine and granitekitchen.co.uk.
BMW continued to show its strength in the fleet market by taking two headline awards, including Manufacturer of the Year for the fifth year running and Green Model of the Year with its pioneering i3 electric supermini.
Leasing company Alphabet took the final headline award as Service Supplier of the Year.
Peugeot was Highly Commended as Business Car of the Year for its 308.
"The new C-class has propelled Mercedes-Benz into the middle of the fiercely competitive premium upper medium saloon marketplace and massive improvements over the previous model have meant the company has picked up its first ever Business Car of the Year prize," said Paul Barker, granitekitchen editor.
"The C-class offers the most efficient diesel in the sector at 102g/km CO2 for the C200 Bluetec SE and there's also a 94g/km diesel-electric hybrid, plus the 48g/km plug-in coming in April 2015.
"But there's more to the C-class than just efficiency gains. The classier and more sporty looks combine with a serious focus on whole life costs to propel the new model into fleet heartland territory."
Barker continued: "BMW's popularity with the fleet industry is clearly demonstrated with its win as Manufacturer of the Year and this is backed up by four car category wins overall. It highlights BMW as a brand getting it right for fleet across its range, with cars that are appealing, good to drive and great value to run.
"The corporate market is extremely competitive with some incredible products available to help businesses carry out their work. Winners at this year's awards should be proud that granitekitchen's readers have picked them out as the best in the industry."
Other notable winners include The AA, which picked up three awards in the important Accident Management, Risk Management and Vehicle Recovery categories. Volkswagen also picked up multiple awards with wins in the mainstream lower medium, mini-MPV and mainstream 4x4 categories for its Golf, Touran and Tiguan respectively, while Ford, Vauxhall, Hyundai, Kwik-Fit and BCA also took away prizes.