Ford C-Max top choice for fleets

Ford’s newest MPV took home the Best People Carrier award in a glitzy ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London yesterday.

Over 1,300 fleet industry representatives attended the ceremony to see Ford take the prize for best MV for businesses and fleet users.

The all-new five-seat C-Max and its larger sibling was voted top people carrier based on depreciation, fuel, servicing, maintenance, lease rates and tax.

This is down to Ford’s three petrol and two diesel engines. All five have been updated to prove CO2 emissions and fuel economy in the new models.

The addition of an EcoBoost petrol engine – built in Dagenham – brings CO2 emissions down to 159g/km and increases fuel economy to 42.8mph for the C-Max – an improvement of 18 per cent compared to the previous 2.0-litre petrol.

However, the best performing engine comes in the diesel line up. The 1.6-litre Duratorq diesel returns 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 119g/km. This is enough to qualify for zero first year road tax in the UK.

The Ford C-Max has proved popular with fleet operators because of the low running cost but high level of equipment.

Both equipment levels, Zetec and Titanium, come with alloy wheels, air conditioning, entertainment system, ESP and rear parking sensors.

The manufacturer was also praised for high residual values, the level of support for fleet cars and the corporate sales teams.

The new Ford C-Max was introduced in 2010 and is based on the same platform as the new Ford Focus. As a result, it translates the family car’s handling and refinement to the MPV segment to offer one of the best drives on the market.

New Ford C-Max prices start from £16,745. The larger Grand C-Max starts from £18,745. Both models are available to buy now.