› Octavia and Superb both named best in sector by influential trade magazine
› ŠKODA brand awarded Most Improved Manufacturer for new models and support
› Business Car judges praise ŠKODA’s value for money, comfort and driving experience
Milton Keynes, 22 October 2020: ŠKODA has extended its remarkable winning streak in 2020 by claiming a hat-trick of Business Car of the Year titles. The Octavia and Superb were both named as the very best in their respective sectors by Business Car magazine, while the ŠKODA brand was recognised for its ongoing commitment for the business and fleet car sector.
The respected trade title scrutinised the total cost of ownership fitness for purpose and driver appeal before naming its stars of 2020.
Leading the silverware haul was the Octavia, which was named Best Lower-medium Car of 2020. Launched in the UK earlier this year, the fourth-generation model has already made a big impact with customers and the automotive press. Commenting on how the Octavia impressed the Business Car judging panel, Editor Simon Harris said: “Our judges liked the simplicity of the new Octavia, as well as its ability as a comfortable high-mileage workhorse. But it also made an impression through its attractive styling, strong equipment levels, and availability of hatchback and estate versions from launch.”
The judging panel were also full of praise for the recently updated Superb, which saw off tough competition to be named Best Upper-medium Car 2020. “The Superb range underwent a refresh for 2020, strengthening its credentials as a smooth and elegant large saloon or estate car.” explained Simon Harris, adding: “We were impressed by its low running costs, strong desirability among fleet operators and drivers who have experienced its comfort and capability.”
Such was ŠKODA’s performance in two of the biggest sectors of the fleet and business car market that the judging panel named the brand as Most Improved Manufacturer 2020. Commenting on the award, Simon Harris said: “ŠKODA’s submission in this category highlighted perfectly the raft of improvements the fleet team has made in the last year, enhancing its digital technology to support fleet customers, as well as boosting its level of service. It has also added particular model derivatives that deliver better value for fleet users.”
The latest Business Car Awards mark the continuation of a remarkable year for ŠKODA. The new Octavia has already won a number of key industry awards, including Auto Express Car of the Year 2020, while the Superb now has won six major titles in 2020 and more than 60 since the current model was launched in 2015.
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