OUR TEAM at Wessex Garages on Newport Retail Park is celebrating this week (Thursday, May 5) after hearing that one of its key partners recently stole pole position at some prestigious motor industry awards.
Renault has been named as Most Improved Manufacturer and the Renault Kadjar crowned Best Crossover at the 2016 Fleet World Honours at the historic Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, London.
Danny O’Donovan, our new dedicated Business Development Manager responsible for fleet sales, said: “We’re overjoyed we chose to work with Renault and these wonderful awards are testament to how award-winners like ourselves and Renault are destined to work together.
“I joined Wessex because I was keen to work with a forward thinking and proactive business and I was attracted to its track record. Since starting here and working together with Renault things have gone from strength-to-strength and we would like to congratulate our partners on these two wonderful awards.”
Renault won the Most Improved Manufacturer category after its performance in 2015 was praised by the Fleet World Honours’ expert judging panel, while the All-New Kadjar topped the Best Crossover category for its styling, value for money and technology.
Mark Dickens, Head of Fleet Sales and Remarketing at Renault, said: “We’re delighted to win these accolades, the Most Improved Manufacturer award recognising the significant investment we have made across all aspects of our fleet operation and the Best Crossover award reflecting the impact the stylish Kadjar has made in only a few months due to its class-leading residual values, stunning design and highly attractive all-round business package.
“2016 will see us build on this success as we expand our C-segment fleet offering with the launch of the All-New Mégane, Mégane Sport Tourer, All-New Scénic and Grand Scénic, and continue our strategy to double the number of specialist Pro+ business-focused dealerships.”
Factors that were instrumental in Renault taking the title of Most Improved Manufacturer included the growth of the demonstrator fleet by 57% and the increase of the corporate team by a third. Call centre personnel were also enlarged by 40% and the Pro+ (Business Centre) specialised dealer network was strengthened with additional openings.
Danny added: “Another contributing factor to being awarded the title was Renault’s popular LCV range, consisting of the Kangoo small van, the all-electric Kangoo Van Z.E, the medium-sized Trafic panel van, as well as the large Master van. A comprehensive range of factory and approved LCV conversions are also available to order.
“The enhancements contributed to Groupe Renault UK selling nearly 60,000 fleet vehicles in 2015 – representing a year-on-year increase of 25%. Renault’s LCV sales were also up 40%, for a record year in the UK, making Renault the second fastest-growing LCV brand in the UK, and sales of its official LCV conversions rose by 74% compared to 2014.”
The success of the Renault Kadjar in the Fleet World Honours underlines its rapidly-increasing popularity with business users. Emissions as low as 99g/km CO2, fuel consumption of up to 74.3mpg (NEDC Combined) and Benefit-in-Kind banding from 19% have all contributed to the Kadjar fast becoming a fleet favourite.
In addition to its Fleet World Honours 2016 award, the stylish crossover has already won Best Small SUV at the ContractHireAndLeasing.com Car of the Year 2015 Awards and Best Crossover at the Next Green Car Awards 2015.
Danny continued: “Since it arrived in the UK in September 2015, the Kadjar has strengthened Renault’s presence in the crossover market – building on the success of its compact crossover sibling, Captur. Its combination of striking design, efficient powertrains, spacious interior, high levels of standard specification, best-in-class residual values and five-star Euro NCAP rating have proved a hit with British car buyers.”
Kadjar is available with a choice of three engines, three gearboxes, five trim levels and two-or four-wheel drive. The range starts from £17,995 OTR and comes with a four-year warranty and Renault Assistance package as standard.
Kadjar’s introduction to the range in 2015 contributed to Renault’s continued sales growth with registrations up by 20% on 2014, growing at over three times the rate of the market, to 101,076 vehicles compared to a market that grew by six per cent.