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ACFO Awards reveal changing face of fleet management

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The Jaguar XE retained its Fleet Car of the Year title at this year's ACFO Awards, the Association of Car Fleet Operators (ACFO) said last week.

Jaguar car keyFleet favourite the BMW 3 Series was highly commended in the category, as was the the Mercedes-Benz C Class plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.

Plug-in cars were recognised in three of the seven awards, reflecting the changing face of fleet management.

Tesla won the Environmental Initiative of the Year Award and shared the Green Vehicle of the Year Award for its executive Model S with the plug-in BMW i3, which retained the trophy won for the past two years.

BMW was also highly commended in the Environmental Initiative of the Year category.

John Pryor, chairman of ACFO, commented: "The fleet industry continues to evolve and 2016 could be viewed as a watershed year as managers through their votes recognised that electric vehicles have a role to play in their company car operations.

"Significantly more than half of all new cars are bought by the corporate sector. Therefore, with the government continually seeking to drive up demand for ultra-low and zero emission cars it is critical that models such as those from our 2016 award winners Tesla and BMW find favour with fleet managers and company car drivers."

The awards, now in their 33rd year, are voted online exclusively by ACFO members following nominations from across the industry. Unlike many other awards they reflect the day-to-day operational experience and expertise of fleet decision-makers, ACFO said.

Road safety charity Brake was among the new winners this year, earning Fleet Safety Initiative of the Year for providing fleet decision-makers with a range of resources -- including events, webinars and expert advice -- to further improve occupational road risk management across the corporate sector.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was named Large Van of the Year for the first time since 2010 and the Volkswagen Caddy was declared Small Van of the Year, an honour it last won two years ago.

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