Renault's reward for innovation

Renault's reward for innovation

French car-maker Renault has driven off with two top prizes in the Fleet World Honours, tasting success at the event for the fifth year in a row.

Its ZOE electric car landed the Technology Award, with judges commenting on how the new vehicle was "taking electric motoring to the mainstream", while the fourth-generation Clio was voted the Best Small Car.

The Kangoo Van ZE won Renault the Environment and Editor's Award at last year's ceremony but those successes have been overtaken by its 2013 effort at the Royal Automobile Club on London's Pall Mall. Fleet World managing editor Ross Durkin said the honours have never had such a high quality of entries.

Mr Durkin said the judges faced some hard decisions to choose between innovative technologies such as electric cars and desirable petrols and diesels that are becoming more and more fuel-efficient.

He said manufacturers keep on meeting the needs of governments and fleet-buyers, while providers of fleet services are also keen to innovate and the best of them were rewarded for their efforts in this year's awards.

Copyright Press Association 2013