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Wolfsburg/Dresden, 20 June 2004 – 120 test drivers from all over Germany, 144 vehicles and 1,177 test drives totalling 25,000 km – in the end it was clear: the new Golf is the “Company Car of the Year 2004″.
In Europe’s largest independent comparison test, organised by the magazine “Firmenauto” [Company Car], 120 fleet managers from various industries, from breweries to globally active high-tech companies, tested and evaluated compact and mid-size models with regard to handling characteristics, functionality, comfort, design and price. Against the historical backdrop of baroque Dresden with the Zwinger palais and the rebuilt Frauenkirche, the fleet professionals spent two days conducting test drives in a predefined order over predefined courses before completing the assessment sheets. In the evaluation, the fewer the number of points meant a better grade.
The test covered four classes categorised according to price. In each class, an import winner and an overall winner were declared. In the lowest price category (up to 20,000 euro), the new Golf achieved first place, followed by the Seat Altea, which also won the prize for best import vehicle. The Škoda Fabia came third.
In the price group up to 30,000 euro, the winner among the import vehicles was the Škoda Octavia, which also achieved second place in the overall rating. The Volkswagen Touran compact MPV was also rated very highly by the fleet managers, achieving third place. The Škoda Superb was rated the best import vehicle in the category up to 40,000 euro, while the Audi A6 won the overall rating (a version with a larger engine also came second for company cars priced over 40,000 euro).
Volkswagen attaches great importance to fleet sales, which make up approximately one third of its new car sales. Every day, these vehicles are subject to the most stringent demands with regard to safety, reliability and functionality. The fleet managers’ confidence in Volkswagen, expressed once again by the “Company Car of the Year” awards, is proof of the high demand that Volkswagen places on its vehicles.
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