Mercedes-Benz pick up Four Awards
Mercedes-Benz picked up four awards at the Professional Driver Magazine Awards with the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid SE named ‘Car of the Year 2013’. The car was also awarded ‘Green Car of the Year’ and ‘Executive Car of the Year’. It is a fantastic achievement as it is the first time any car has triumphed in more than one category at the Awards.
Mark Bursa, Editor of Professional Driver magazine and chairman of the judging panel, said “the Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid is a genuine game-changer. It’s really the car chauffeurs have been waiting for. It’s a truly green luxury hybrid car without any compromise to rear seat or luggage space. With so many blue chip companies demanding that their suppliers have eco-friendly credentials, it’s vital that chauffeur operators have demonstrably green cars on their fleets. Already we’re seeing many chauffeur fleets switching over en masse to this Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid.”
Nick Andrews, Head of Fleet for Mercedes-Benz UK, said “we are absolutely delighted to have won a total of four Professional Driver Magazine Awards, especially with a hat-trick for the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid. The vehicle generates just 109 grams of CO2 per kilometre, with a combined fuel economy of 68.9 mpg, making it perfect for this market.”
The Mercedes E300 BlueTEC Hybrid SE Saloon is currently available from £445 per month, it is the most efficient E-Class production car, and features an advanced diesel-electric hybrid system that allows for electric-only drive. Standard equipment includes 17-inch five-twin-spoke alloys, leather upholstery, COMAND Online, DAB digital radio, Active Park Assist with Parktronic, Collision Pretension Assist and LED daytime running lights.
In addition to the trio of awards for the E300 BlueTEC the Viano 2.2 CDI Ambiente long wheelbase was awarded ‘MPV of the Year’. The Viano is available in both rear-and four-wheel-drive configurations and comes in three lengths, two wheelbases and a choice of four petrol and diesel engines (as well as two specialist tuned models) coupled to either a six-speed manual or five-speed TouchShift automatic transmission. The last two generations of the Viano have been stalwarts to the chauffeur industry, ferrying small groups that do not fit into a limousine, from point to point in relative comfort. Despite the leather, wood, and air suspension option with the second-generation Viano, it has always been difficult to distance the chunky, plastic cabin architecture from the Vito van with which it shares its DNA. But it seems that change is ahead and the all new V-Class will boast an extremely plush cabin.