BMW also dominates Fleet Excellence Awards 2006

The new BMW 320d ES Saloon was last night named ‘Car of the Year 2006’ at the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year 2006 awards ceremony in London.

The award saw BMW taking top honours for the first time. The UK’s best-selling premium saloon car also took the night’s ‘Best Compact Executive’ category. The BMW 525i SE added to BMW’s roll of honour by being awarded ‘Best Executive’ car for the third year in a row. It was the 10th time in the last 11 years that the 5 Series has won its category.

On its Compact Executive category win, David Motton, Editor of What Car? magazine, said: “BMW’s 3 Series is so good that it scored a comfortable victory. Crucially, the way that the Three steers, grips and handles is nothing short of outstanding.” He concluded “…As well as being the sharpest-driving car in this class, the 3 Series is also the most refined.”

The commendations come at a time of unparalleled sales success for BMW products, and the 3 and 5 Series models in particular. 2005 saw a record 111,666 new BMWs registered in the UK – a rise of nine per cent in an overall market that declined by five per cent. The new 3 Series made an impressive contribution to this total, despite only going on sale in late March. Meanwhile the 5 Series and X5 had record years in the UK, in their third and sixth years respectively.

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