Vauxhall claims motability award

The scheme – which boasts Perrys Motors as a major partner – aims to provide cars for people with disabilities and features a range of bespoke equipment and modifications to cars to suit individual people’s needs.

After selling 10,000 cars on the scheme, Vauxhall was named Manufacturer Partner Over 10,000 Registrations for the third time.

Judges at the awards said: "To take the top spot in this award, Vauxhall has worked with Motability Operations to offer 14 per cent of cars on the Motability Scheme with no advance payment, including models of all sizes."

It is no surprise Vauxhall has taken the award once again. The likes of the Vauxhall Corsa supermini and British-built Vauxhall Astra small family car are regularly in the top five best-selling models in the UK throughout 2010 and 2011.

However, the new Vauxhall Meriva, the compact, five-seat people carrier launched late in 2010, was singled out for particular praise by judges of the awards.

The Meriva was launched with several unique design features to improve practicality. The most noticeable was the rear-opening passenger doors.

These are designed to create a ‘safe load’ area when all four side doors are open and provide easy access for both children and elderly people.

Inside, Vauxhall’s flexible seating system has been modified from the larger, seven-seat Zafira. The seats can be folded and moved easily to make more room for luggage or passengers in needed.

The new Vauxhall Meriva is available now from £12,495 from Vauxhall dealerships. Dealerships such as Perrys also offer the Meriva on the Motability scheme.

"It’s an honour to be recognised by such a large fleet organisation which does so much good work to assist those with limited mobility,” said Steve Catlin, Fleet Marketing and Motability Manager, Vauxhall Motors, on receiving the award.