Following the success of the inaugural Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards last year, we're pleased to announce that the second installment will be held in April. The event will have a similar format for the 2013 programme, with one addition to the award classification line-up. Due to the large number of estate cars now available from the various manufacturers (33 and counting!), the judging panel has decided to include an Estate-Premium category alongside the standard Estate Class, C-Segment, D-Segment (+ Premium) Executive and Luxury classes on the honours list.
Since last time, a number of new cars have joined the line-up of candidates together with a few models that have received a mid-life makeover. The expert adjudication panel, consisting of members of the corporate car leasing industry and other delegates from the fleet and finacial sectors that represent the user chooser, are at present assessing almost 100 cars from the Long List to select the top ten models in each category.
The subsequent Shortlist will then provide the opportunity for further analysis and examination from a practical and financial viewpoint over a two day event. Scores will be dedicated to the brand’s fleet strategy as well as the car's styling, quality, engine and driving performance, equipment levels, safety, residuals, running costs and BIK. As per the first edition, the winning car in each of the seven separate categories will be announced at the Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards 2013 presentation luncheon. Date, time and venue to be announced shortly.
Fleet Car, as media partners, will promote the awards in its magazine, website and social media. Once again Newspress Ireland, the dedicated automotive public relations service for motoring journalists will be involved.
Shane Teskey, Managing Director, Motorcheck.ie, commented at the launch of the 2013 Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards, “We are very pleased to be involved in the second annual running of these awards and look forward to announcing the winners at the Netwoking Luncheon next month. In looking at the Long List, it's obvious that the judging panel has a difficult task in hand to come up with the Shortlist of candidates, before deciding on the eventual winners.”
“Last year, Volkswagen, BMW and Audi were honoured in the C Segment, Executive & Estate and D Segment Premium categories respectively, with Skoda elected the best in the business in the D Segment, and it will interesting to see who comes out on top for 2013,” added Cathal Doyle, Deputy Editor, Fleet Car magazine.