The Volkswagen Group received three first place awards from “Fleet News Awards 2011” for the Volkswagen Polo and Golf models, and the Skoda Superb -- which took the top spot in their respective categories. The awards were decided by a jury composed of Fleet News editors and were handed out in London for the 23rd time ever.
Present during the awarding were trade association members and representatives from key accounts and automakers. The criteria for these vehicles include quality, running costs including residual value and CO2 emissions.
From nine categories, the Volkswagen Polo won in the "Best Small Car" category while the Volkswagen Golf was the winner in the "Best Lower Medium Car" category.
The award for the "Best Upper Medium Car" category went to the Skoda brand’s Superb. These awards signify the capability of the Volkswagen Group and its brands to respond to the complex demands of the international fleet business.
Martin Jahn, Head of Volkswagen Group Fleet International, said that this achievement is considered an incentive to continue to meet customers’ wishes with a “balanced and young product range and convincing service.”
He added that VW considers these awards important since the UK is Europe’s largest fleet market, featuring fewer customers that have a large number of fleet cars. About 3% of the companies found in the UK account for 60% of total key account business.
The new Volkswagen Polo now sports the VW family face, as evident by its flat grille and band of headlights that have the brand’s signature since the Scirocco. This VW family doesn’t just highlight the Polo’s additional width, but also expresses its very low center of gravity. This new face is complemented by body-colored bumpers located just below the Polo’s black grille.
A large air inlet is found in a third horizontal line below the bumpers of the new VW Polo, which in turn incorporates the daytime running lights as well as fog lights with integrated turn indicators.
Compared to conventional continuous running lights, the daytime running lights of the new Polo consume up to 0.15 liter less fuel per 100 kilometers. Moreover, the new VW Polo features a striking narrow body-colored front spoiler that has been moved forward to contribute to its already exemplary pedestrian protection record.
Two different headlights, depending on chosen options, are offered for the new Volkswagen Polo. H4 headlights are standard on the base version of the Polo – the Trendline. On the other hand, H7 dual headlights are equipped on Polo versions starting with the Comfortline. The headlights all features integrated turn signal lights. Interestingly, external and internal design elements of the headlights – along with their various lighting elements -- combine with the lines of the radiator grille, thereby forming a single unit.