By Mike Torpey on 2013-01-22 - Driving Force news editor and responsible for organising our daily output. He was staff motoring editor of the Liverpool Echo for 20 years.
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BMW has struck at the double with two principal accolades at the latest BusinessCar Awards.
The German brand's 3-series was named BusinessCar Magazine's 2013 Car of the Year, while BMW also scooped the Manufacturer of the Year title along with a pair of car category victories,
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.
And 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, the Focus winning Lower Medium Car of the Year and the S-MAX the best MPV.
Jaguar and Volkswagen also each collected two awards, with Mini, Nissan, Range Rover and Audi also achieving success.
BusinessCar editor Paul Barker said: "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.
"It's no surprise to see the new BMW 3-series follow in the wheel tracks 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 BusinessCar Awards claim to be the only gongs in the industry that are solely decided by the readership, both online and in print.
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