The BMW 3-series is BusinessCar Magazine’s 2013 Car of the Year, and BMW collected the Manufacturer of the Year title and two car category victories, as the German premium brand continued to illustrate its dominance when it comes to desirability and efficiency in the business car market.

Business Car 2013

The BusinessCar Awards are the only awards in the industry that are solely decided by the readership, both online and in print. This makes them the most influential in the business car arena.

Vauxhall’s Ampera was chosen by the readers of BusinessCar as the best Green model, while leasing company Alphabet repeated its 2012 success with the Service Supplier of the Year award. There was also a notable achievement for Kwik-Fit Fleet, which celebrated 20 years of uninterrupted success in the Fast-fit category.

The 3-series triumphed in the headline award ahead of the second-placed Ford B-max, with Audi’s A3 voted into third place. Ford followed this up with two car sector awards, with the Focus winning Lower Medium Car of the Year and the S-max best MPV. Jaguar and Volkswagen also each collected two awards, with Mini, Nissan, Range Rover and Audi also achieving success.

“BMW is still at the head of the industry when it comes to vehicle efficiency, driving dynamics, running costs and vehicle desirability, all of which are crucial to the business car market,” said BusinessCar Editor Paul Barker. “It’s no surprise to see the new BMW 3-series follow in the wheeltracks of the 1-series, which took the 2012 Business Car of the Year award, and it shows that those people operating fleets of vehicles understand and appreciate the job BMW is doing.”

“The quality of product and service across the business car market is unprecedented, so the winners should take huge pride in being voted best in the industry by the people whose business relies on them – the readers of BusinessCar magazine and businesscar.co.uk,” continued Barker. “The business car market is, quite rightly, more demanding than ever, so those companies that have picked up prizes should be delighted with their achievement.”