Finalists and jury Lease Car of the Year 2015 announced

posted on February 24, 2015

AARTSELAAR, 24 February 2015 – With the selection of long list to short list, the first important decision regarding the 23th election of Lease Car of the Year has been made. The jury gathered on 19 February for a kick-off meeting and selected the 13 nominees of this year, opposed to the usual 12. Due to a tie in the Business+ category, the jury unanimously decided to withhold 4 vehicles for the short list in this category.

The 13 nominees for 2015 are:

ECONOMY:

  • Ford Ecosport
  • Hyundai i20
  • Mazda 2

BUSINESS+:

  • Mercedes C-Class
  • Renault Espace
  • Ford Mondeo
  • VW Passat

BUSINESS:

  • BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
  • Citroën C4 Cactus
  • Lexus NX

EXECUTIVE:

  • BMW X4
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Porsche Macan

The jury will subject all nominated vehicles to a comprehensive drive test in mid-March. These points, which count for 30% of the total, are added to the rest of the score, divided based on criteria such as Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO), Benefit in Kind, consumption and CO2 emission. This division guarantees a harmonized balance between sustainability, cost-efficiency and field tests. During an award show on 23 April, the best in class per segment will be revealed, and one car will hold the title of Lease Car of the Year 2015 for a whole year.

Marc Vandenbergh, Alphabet Belgium’s Director Sales & Marketing, is the chairman of the 2015 jury. He will be supported by a panel of experts from the sector, including fleet managers, journalists and internal specialists.

The members of the 2015 jury are:
Ferre Beyens Technical Automotive journalist, MMM (Link2Fleet)
Kevin Clemens Manager Field Sales, Alphabet Belgium
Patricia De Waele Manager Sourcing, Alphabet Belgium
Johan Demets Deputy editor in chief AutoGids
Peter Geers Financial Controller/Fleet Manager Belux, Philips Belgium nv
Kris Holvoet Manager Operations, Alphabet Belgium
Julien Libioul Editor in Chief Autobuzz.be
Ann Massart Manager Marketing & Communications, Alphabet Belgium
Steven Schoefs Chief editor Fleet Europe
Valérie Timmermans Fleet Coordinator, IRIS Group
Caroline Verlinden Fleet & Facility Administrator, Lyreco
Karin Willemen Facility Manager, Sanoma Media Belgium nv

About Lease Car of the Year

The selection of the Lease Car of the Year is an opportunity for Alphabet to share its expertise about TCO and trendwatching with fleet managers. The initiative is defined by evaluating vehicles marketed in Belgium between 1 February of the year before and 31 January of the current year in terms of their potential for company fleets. On 19 March, the jury will conduct drive tests, accounting for 30% of the total points. The remaining points will be determined by the quality of the importer and dealer network (20%) and a set of objective criteria (50%) including fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, safety, tax treatment as a benefit in kind, marketability and leasing rate.

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About Alphabet

Alphabet is a leading provider of Business Mobility in Europe. As such, it enables companies to manage their corporate mobility in an economical and sustainable way. Founded in 1997 as a division of BMW Group, Alphabet has gathered extensive knowledge of international fleet management and leasing. Its comprehensive portfolio includes consulting and funding as well as smart management products and services for company fleets. Alphabet’s Business Mobility solutions are tailor-made to meet specific corporate requirements.

Alphabet has more than 550.000 cars of all makes under management in 18 countries and is ranked fourth in the market. In Belgium, Alphabet manages more than 42.000 vehicles today, earning Alphabet a spot in the top 3.

Applying its expertise and technology, Alphabet also pioneers the creation of Advanced Mobility Solutions: AlphaElectric offers companies comprehensive eMobility, while AlphaCity is a cost-effective Corporate Car Sharing option. For more information, please visit www.alphabet.be.

Contact

For further information, please contact: Ann Massart, Press Relations, Alphabet Belgium, 03/459.59.71 of ann.massart@alphabet.be.