Lease Car of the Year: jury and nominees announced 2016

posted on February 05, 2016

Aartselaar, 5 February 2016 - The Jury of Lease Car of the Year made its first important decision by narrowing down the long list into a short list. Twelve cars are now in the running to be elected lease car of the year.

The 12 nominees for 2016 are:


  • DS DS3
  • Honda Jazz
  • Opel Karl


  • Audi A4
  • BMW X1
  • Renault Talisman


  • Mazda CX-3
  • Opel Astra
  • Renault Mégane


  • BMW Série 7
  • Jaguar F-Pace
  • Mercedes E-Class

The jury will subject the nominated vehicles to a profound driving test (40%) on March 11th. These scores will be added to the remaining points, distributed across such categories as the Total Cost Of Ownership (TCO) (20%), safety & quality (10%), emissions (10%) and Benefit in Kind (BIK) (10%). The customers of Alphabet will also be able to vote (10%) for their favourite lease car. The above point allocation system will ensure a good balance between cost efficiency, sustainability and driving tests. The winner and the “best in class” of every segment will be announced at the Award Show on April 21st.

Marc Vandenbergh, Director of Sales & Marketing at Alphabet, is the Chairman of the Jury in 2016. The jury is composed of experts in the sector, including fleet managers, journalists and sector specialists.

The members of the 2016 Jury are:

  • Ferre Beyens - Technical Automotive Journalist, Link2Fleet
  • Hocine Brahimi - Purchase Manager, DEF Belgium
  • Gunther De Block - ‎Comp. & Ben. Manager, Valesta
  • Patricia De Waele, Manager Sourcing, Ordering & Delivery, Alphabet Belgium
  • Guido Engelen – CFO, Cel Data Services
  • Kris Holvoet - Manager Operations, Alphabet Belgium
  • Dorina Kazani - Procurement and Logistics Manager, Securitas
  • Kevin Kersemans - Executive Editor, AutoGids
  • Damien Malvetti – Journalist, Link2Fleet
  • Ann Massart - Manager Marketing & Business Development, Alphabet Belgium
  • Gert Rülle - Managing Director, VeroTech
  • Joke Vincx - Sales Manager Key Accounts, Alphabet Belgium
  • Kristof Winckelmans - Editor-in-Chief,

From left to right: Damien Malvetti (Link2Fleet), Joke Vincx (Alphabet Belgium), Ferre Beyens (Link2Fleet), Gunther De Block (Valesta), Guido Engelen (CEL DATA SERVICES), Hocine Brahimi (DEF Belgium), Kevin Kersemans (AutoGids), Ann Massart, (Alphabet Belgium), Kris Holvoet (Alphabet Belgium), Patricia De Waele (Alphabet Belgium), Marc Vandenbergh (Alphabet Belgium)

Not in the picture: Dorina Kazani (Securitas), Gert Rülle (VeroTech), Kristof Winckelmans (

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About Lease Car of the Year

The Lease Car of the Year election was launched by Alphabet in 1991, and is the ideal occasion for Alphabet Belgium to share its expertise in TCO, sustainability and trendwatching with fleet managers. The initiative distinguishes itself by assessing vehicles marketed between 1 February of the previous year and 31 January of the current year according to their potential for corporate vehicle fleets. The jury will be performing the practical tests on March 11th. The remaining points will be determined by a series of objective criteria such as TCO, safety & quality, emission and BIK. The customers of Alphabet will also be able to cast a vote for their favourite lease car.

About Alphabet

As one of the market leaders for business mobility in Europe, Alphabet helps companies to manage their vehicle fleets efficiently and sustainably. Alphabet was formed in 1997 as a division of BMW Group and has built up extensive knowledge in the field of international vehicle fleet management and leasing. The extensive service includes both advice and financing. Alphabet business mobility solutions are all tailor-made in order to meet specific business needs.

With a database of over 590,000 vehicles of all makes in 19 countries, the organisation is one of the top four players on the market. In Belgium Alphabet now operates more than 45,000 vehicles and is among the top three.

With its expertise and technology, Alphabet leads the way in the field of Advanced Mobility Solutions: Alpha Electric offers companies extensive e-Mobility solutions, whilst Alpha City offers a cost-cutting Corporate Car Sharing arrangement.


For further information, please contact: Ann Massart, Press relations, Alphabet Belgium, 03/459.59.71,