BMW crowned Fleet Manufacturer of the Year at 2010 Fleet World Honours
Steve Moody, Chairman of the Judges, said: "BMW continues to forge ahead with a range of new cars whose low emissions and performance set the standard in the market, for both premium and volume brands. Added to that it has had a good year with its core fleet products, scoring highly from the leasing companies in our awards analysis on customer support, reliability and residuals, and has also launched a new division that caters for small business."
Not content with being crowned Fleet Manufacturer of the Year, BMW also picked up the Best Executive Car crown for the BMW 5 Series. Since its March launch the BMW 5 Series has been a hit with both retail and fleet customers alike for its unsurpassed blend of high quality, performance and efficiency. It was this well rounded package that impressed the judges leading to it taking the top plaudit.
Steve Moody said: "The new BMW 5 Series has taken the executive sector up yet another notch, with an engine lineup second to none for emissions and performance, generous standard specification, superb wholelife costs, classleading residual values and a quality unparalleled even in this extremely competitive market.
Speaking of the BMW successes at this year's awards Stephen Chater, Corporate Operations Manager for BMW Group UK, said: "These awards are great news for BMW. They recognise the improvements that have been made to BMW fleet services and the new BMW 5 Series, focusing on the customers needs and showing real benefits for both fleet decision makers and company car drivers alike."
These two latest accolades build on last years win, when the BMW 3 Series took home Fleet Car of the Year 2009, demonstrating BMW's dedication to the fleet industry.
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. The pretax profit for 2009 was euro 413 million, revenues totalled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates.
The success of the BMW Group has always been built on longterm thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last five years.