Press Release: The BMW 530d Gran Turismo has been crowned Executive Car of the Year in the 2010 Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards, whilst the 530d Saloon finished second in the judging making it a one-two for BMW.
Praised for its abundance of rear leg room, command driving position and its pure versatility, the 5 Series Gran Turismo was honoured because the judges felt like it was designed for chauffeuring. Its unique interior packaging matched with the choice of powerful yet economic drivetrains and an outstanding satellite navigation system earned the 5 Series Gran Turismo its title.
Mark Bursa, editor of Professional Driver magazine, said: “The judges voted for innovation, with the GT taking the category win. Chauffeurs have been quick to notice the appeal of the GT model, voting it above the exceptional new 530d Saloon.”
A total of 33 cars were entered for the Professional Driver Magazine Car of the Year Awards, which were judged by more than thirty judges from the chauffeuring and private hire sector and the motoring media.
Thechauffeur.com names BMW 730Ld Chauffeur Car of the Year
The BMW 7 Series has been awarded Chauffeur Car of the Year by top chauffeuring website thechauffeur.com. The BMW 7 Series was commended for its unrivalled mix of luxury, comfort and driver satisfaction making it the ideal chauffer car both for the driver and the driven.
Paul Gibson, Editor of thechauffeur.com commented: “For the first time, our awards have judged the manufacturers Chauffeur Programmes which are on offer, and the BMW 730Ld is perfect for any chauffeur looking to operate a luxury vehicle at the right price.
“Along with the affordable chauffeur package, the 730Ld stood out from all the other vehicles in its class when it comes to driver and rear passenger comfort, equipment levels, technology and economy. Judges for The Chauffeur Car of the Year concluded the 730Ld is unrivalled in its class and is the ultimate choice
for any serious chauffeur company.”
Stephen Chater, BMW Group Corporate Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted to win these awards showing the 5 Series Gran Turismo, the 5 Series Saloon and the 7 Series to be class leading competitors in the Chauffeur market. They also stand for everything that BMW believe in; building cars of the highest quality that, thanks to EfficientDynamics, are amongst the most efficient in their sector.”
The BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and the new BMW 5 Series Saloon are now available on the BMW Chauffeur Programme along side the BMW 7 Series. The programme offers competitive contract hire rates, for example a 530d Gran Turismo for £549 per month based on three years or 60,000 miles including servicing, enhanced specification packages and predictable running costs.
To make these vehicles for the driver as well as the driven, tailored benefits include BMW Service Inclusive, which lasts for 5 years or 60,000 miles and covers all of the vehicle’s basic servicing requirements. As part of the programme, professional drivers are also covered in the event of an immobilisation which cannot be repaired at the roadside. Should this occur a replacement vehicle which is PCO licensed for London, can be provided, giving operators peace of mind that clients will always be catered for to the highest standards.
For more information on the BMW Chauffeur Programme visit www.bmwcorporate.co.uk/chauffeur.
[Source: BMW ]