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SME Company Car Of The Year Awards 2015

Posted on May 19, 2017

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Last week we were a proud sponsor of the SME Company Car of the Year Awards 2015, run by Business Car Manager. Our Managing Director, Paul Bulloch, also judged and presented an award at the event, held in London.

The Awards highlight the best company cars, the best dealer programmes and best after sales service for SME businesses.

The Lucky Winners

The SME Company Car of the Year 2015

BMW 5-Series

The 5-Series was launched back in 2010 but BMW manages to stay on top of its game via subtle, clever Face-lifts and ever efficient engines that drive down running costs. A panel of Expert Judges, including our very own, Paul Bulloch, were impressed with the recently Facelifted 5-Series' impressive Co2 and fuel consumption figures, standard kit and excellent drive.

The particular winner, the BMW 520d SE Auto, achieves over 68 MPG and has CO2 emissions of 109g/km. The stylish interior includes BMW Business Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Dakota Leather and Cruise control. The luxurious specification isn't just limited to the interior, with exterior features such as Chrome trim, Xenon headlights and 17in Light alloys.

As well as claiming the overall title, the BMW 5-Series also picked up the award for Best SME Directors Company Car for the 2nd year in a row.

Lease the Award winning BMW 520d (190) SE Steptronic Auto from only £363.49 + VAT p/m

Best SME Aftersales Programme


Hyundai claims the title for the second time!

Hyundai introduced its Fleet Aftersales Charter in Spring 2014. It ensures the highest level of service is provided to SME customers, achieved by employing a range of customer-focused initiatives, such as fixed labour rates and discounts on parts, while ensuring baseline customer service requirements are met.

Additionally, Hyundai has invested in additional new roles within the fleet team at Hyundai's headquarters in High Wycombe, to support and enhances its fleet operations.

Paul Bulloch, Managing Director of Concept, commented that 'A dedicated Fleet Aftersales Charter, dedicated service centres, fixed rates and a mystery shop programme, clearly demonstrates Hyundai's commitment to Customer Care.'

The Hyundai I10 1.0 S 5-Door Hatchback is available to lease from just £121.49 + VAT p/m

It can achieve over 60 MPG and comes standard with DRL Daytime Running Lights and a Rear spoiler.

Best SME Company Car Programme


BMW'S winning streak continues with its Company Car Programme which provides the best support for the SME sector.

The more User-friendly 'offers section' allows customers to filter results and even suggests alternative models that could be suitable. Improved optimisation for mobile/tablet viewing, the ability to compare and shortlist offers, as well as maintained and non-maintained rates enables the SME to view the most appropriate information for their business. There's also a 'FleetHub' section, allowing users to access a range of resources to help them make the most informed decisions about their company car fleet.

The BMW Group were also headline sponsors for the recent SME conference, where they displayed several of their models, giving clients the chance to have a closer look, book test drives and request further information.

Lease the BMW 2-Series 216d SE Active Tourer 5-Door from only £229.49 + VAT p/m – Metallic Paint included.

The BMW achieves over 74 MPG and has impressively low CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. It has an extensive Standard Spec list including; BMW Bluetooth, USB Connector, Park Distance Control and 16in BMW alloys.

Best SME Green Company Car

BMW i3

There's a theme emerging here. BMW were awarded Best SME Green Company Car for its i3 Compact Electric car.

Despite tough opposition from the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid (available from £259.99 + VAT p/m) and the all-electric Tesla Model-S (£659.49 + VAT p/m), the i3 emerged victorious.

With the i3 it is possible to travel 186 miles between charges. The dynamic range display recommends switching between ECO PRO or ECO PRO+ driving modes, to maximise the range. SME drivers also benefit from the i range's advanced technology.

The BMW i3 is CO2 emission-free, and 62mph acceleration takes just 7.2 seconds.

The BMW i3 5-Door Auto is equipped with BMW Business Satellite Navigation, BMW Bluetooth, Park Distance Control, LED Daytime Running Lights and 19in BMW alloys, and is available to lease from just £350.99 + VAT p/m

Best SME Large Company Car


Stealing the crown from Vauxhall Insignia (£219.99 + VAT p/m), the saloon version of the Mazda6 2.2 150 PS SKYACTIV-D Sport Nav, won because of its 67.3mpg combined fuel economy and CO2 emissions of just 108 g/km.

The Mazda6 2.2D [175] Sport Nav Saloon is equally as impressive and available to lease from only £277.99 + VAT p/m

It can achieve over 62 MPG and has CO2 emissions of 119 g/km. Standard spec includes Leather upholstery, Touchscreen Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Head-up Display, Push button start, Cruise control, Heated seats, BOSE Premium DAB stereo, iPod Connector, Park Distance Control front and rear and 19in alloys.

Best SME Compact Company Car

Seat Leon

The 1.6 TDi SE looks sharp, is great fun to drive and but still impresses with its low CO2 emissions and high MPG. This Ecomotive emits just 87g/km of CO2 and achieves 85.6 MPG which should equal 500 miles between fill ups thus saving you money.

'Terrific performance and fuel efficiency, low Co2 and packed with the latest technology, the Seat Leon is the ideal Compact Company Car for Small Businesses.' – Paul Bulloch, MD of Concept.

The Seat Leon 1.6 TDi Ecomotive Technology Pack SE 5-Door is available to lease for just £220.99 + VAT p/m – Metallic Paint included.

Front comfort seats, Touchscreen Sat Nav, Bluetooth, Cruise control and 16in Seat alloys all come as standard and the Leon has a 5 Star NCAP Safety Rating.

Best SME Company Car for Tax

Mercedes C-Class

The winning car is the Mercedes-Benz C300 BlueTEC Hybrid SE 7G-Tronic Auto, with CO2 emissions of just 94 g/km, many cars in this class struggle to get below 100 g/km. On top of this, the Mercedes can achieve an impressively low 78.5 MPG. Top speed is a licence-losing 152mph, with acceleration to 62mph taking just 6.4 seconds.

The C-Class's sleek new looks are set to get you salivating and the vehicle is filled with plenty of impressive technology and drives better than ever.

'New small Mercedes compact executive models don't come along very often and the new car's sleek styling and sporty drive are sure to lure company car drivers away from rivals. If the look and the way the car drives doesn't tempt you, then the low running cost of our Best SME Company Car for Tax will,' said Ralph Morton editorial director, Business Car Manager.

At Concept, we are able to offer you great rates across the whole of the Mercedes range, including this Mercedes C300 BlueTEC Hybrid SE 4-Door Auto from only £319.49 + VAT p/m including Metallic Paint!

This powerful car has 231 Bhp and comes fully loaded with Mercedes Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Cruise control, Collision Prevention Assist, USB Connection, LED DRL Daytime Running Lights and Black High Gloss trim.

Best SME Company Car of The Year to Buy

Peugeot 308

'With fantastically low CO2 and excellent fuel efficiency, the Peugeot 308 is clearly the choice for any SME looking to purchase their next company car' – MD, Paul Bulloch, from Concept.

One of the main reasons the Peugeot won, was its ultra-clean 1.6-litre BlueHDi diesel engine, which emits just 82 g/km of CO2. The Peugeot is also stylish, spacious and comfortable and is perfect for spending plenty of time in on long motorway journeys.

At Concept, we have a fantastic Limited Stock Offer on the Peugeot 308 1.6 Hdi 115 Allure 5-Door, available from just £179.49 + VAT p/m – Metallic Paint Free of Charge.

This Peugeot can achieve over 74 MPG and emits just 100 g/km of CO2. It includes Colour Touchscreen Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, Reversing Camera, Sports seats, Cruise control, Park Distance Control and 17in Peugeot alloys.

Congratulations to all the deserving winners and we are looking forward to future innovations to further benefit SME and Fleet Leasing!