In winning this award, the Vauxhall Insignia managed to defeat rivals such as the Ford Mondeo.
Following its victory, Fleet News commented: “Vauxhall has been bold and brave with the new Insignia, taking the decision to drop the list price and reduce discounts. It’s a policy that’s working. The Insignia is a game-changer for Vauxhall.
“Its sector-leading low CO2 emissions combined with a huge leap forward in quality make it an ideal fleet car in this category. The Insignia makes sense for companies and their drivers."
Vauxhall introduced major updates to its Insignia range back in September last year, giving the car more appealing styling and new low-emission engine options.
Pricing for the Vauxhall Insignia currently starts at £16,474 and it’s available in five-door hatchback, four-door saloon or five-door Sport Tourer estate body guises. A rugged estate derivative called the Country Tourer is also now available from £25,349.
Topping the Insignia range is a performance hatchback derivative called the VXR Supersport. This features a 2.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine and it’s priced from £29,749.
The newest low emission models in the Insignia range use a 2.0-litre CDTi diesel engine backed by a host fuel-saving technology such as a stop-start function. As a result the Insignia is capable of returning CO2 emissions as low as just 99g/km, putting the car in the lowest band for Vehicle Excise Duty.
Earlier this year the Insignia’s new diesel engine helped it win three accolades at the 2014 SME Company Car of the Year awards hosted by Business Car Manager. These honours included the top award for overall Company Car of the Year.
Alongside the impressive diesel, other engines available for the Insignia include a standard 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine delivering 138bhp. Also available is a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit with 168bhp.
The 2.0-litre ecoFLEX diesel can produce either 118bhp or 137bhp. Engines are mated with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.
The Vauxhall Insignia is a very practical car in all bodystyles, offering 500 litres boot space at minimum in hatchback and Sports Tourer derivatives.
Standard equipment for the current Vauxhall Insignia models includes cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels and a multimedia system which supports CDs, MP3 players and Bluetooth. The Insignia is also available with an eight-inch colour display screen which can be controlled with finger touches or with a touchpad near the gearstick.