Ford S-Max wins Fleet Award

At the recent Fleet News awards, the S-Max drove away with Best Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV) and Best Technical Innovation 2010 awards.

The latest generation of the mid-size S-Max was awarded the best MPV in a strong category containing the Mazda5, Renault Grand Scenic and Vauxhall Zafira.

Judges praised the design practicality and quality of the S-Max, claiming the people carrier had plenty of driver appeal and flexibility.

It was a double celebration for the S-Max at the ceremony as it also won the Best Technical Innovation award for its Easy Fuel system.

The system is a simple design to stop drivers mistakenly filling the S-Max with the wrong type of fuel – an increasing problem with around 120,000 drivers reportedly making the mistake last year.

"It eliminates a problem which can cost thousands of pounds each time a car is misfuelled," commented judges.

Using petrol in a diesel engine can cause extensive – and expensive – damage to the fuel pump, high-pressure injection system and cause other engine problems.

The Easy Fuel system has so far been installed in 300,000 vehicles across the Ford range including the new S-Max range, which is available from £20,645 on-the-road.