Feb 082018
 

Warranty Direct sponsored Hot Hatchbacks category at What Car? Awards on its 40th Anniversary year

We are pleased to announce Warranty Direct reprised the title sponsorship of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the sixth year running. The event was held at the esteemed London Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on Tuesday 23rd January.

This year, 114 vehicles were nominated across 17 different categories. Only the cars superseding their current standards for their respective class were nominated and the individual category winners were challengers for the top motoring prize – the Car of the Year award. This year was even more special as What Car? was also celebrating its 40th anniversary of the awards.

In addition to being one of the headline sponsors, Warranty Direct sponsored the individual Hot Hatchbacks Award category, revealing the best new models on the market.

We are excited to announce, after much research and deliberation, that the Honda Civic Type R was crowned the winner of our prestigious award by What Car?!

When considering the short list of what makes a great hot hatchback, the judges had strict criteria and to consider which cars came top for a range of factors such as:

  • Ease of use – most of these vehicles are based on existing family hatchbacks, so should be practical enough to use every day
  • A keen list price with low running costs
  • The low prices could not entail poorly finished cabins or mean skimping on vehicle equipment lists
  • Performance and driving fun

Other contenders for the Warranty Direct-sponsored Hot Hatchback Award were:

  • Ford Fiesta ST Line
  • Hyundai i30N

The Volvo XC40 D4 R-Design was awarded the overall winner at the end of the evening and is now the official What Car? Car of the Year 2018.

Speaking about the awards, our CEO, Simon Ackers said:

“The What Car? Awards are one of the most highly anticipated events in the annual motoring calendar. It was an unforgettable evening and we are thrilled the Honda Civic Type R won our sponsored award for best Hot Hatchback – especially as the competition this year was so fierce!

“With What Car?’s website, automotive expertise and a strong reputation for its advice, tips and truly honest reviews for consumers, we were delighted to be working with our partner for the sixth year running.”

Other main categories at the awards included: Family car, Best small car, Electric car, Convertible and Sports car. Making this year’s event even more competitive was the introduction of two new categories – hybrid and family SUV. For a full list of the winners, head over to What Car?’s website.

Although the excitement of the What Car? Awards is now over, we are looking forward to the year ahead and discovering the new projects and developments manufacturers are planning to announce in 2018.

Make sure you keep checking our blog for all the latest motoring news and industry updates!

Jan 062017
 

Warranty Direct are delighted to announce that they will reprise their role as the headline sponsor of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the fifth year running. The event will be held at a prestigious ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House in Park Lane on Wednesday 11 January, 2017 and we are already counting down the days until the event!

The What Car? Car of the Year Awards, in association with Warranty Direct, are the accolades every manufacturer wants to win. Only the cars setting the standards for their respective class are nominated, with various manufacturers competing for the top prize in motoring – the What Car? Car of the Year Award.

What Car? is the UK’s biggest car-buying brand and has been helping Britain’s car buyers make purchasing decisions for more than 40 years. Their tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice. In addition to being one of the headline sponsors, Warranty Direct will also sponsor the individual City Car Award category, revealing the best new city car currently on the market.

Current long-list contenders for the Warranty Direct sponsored City Car Award are the Hyundai i10, Skoda Citigo, Suzuki Celerio and Volkswagen Up.

When considering the nominations for what makes a great city car, the judges have strict criteria, considering a number of key factors such as:

  • A keen list price with low running costs
  • Ease of use. The best urban run-arounds should be effortless to drive and compact enough to fit into tight spaces and easy to see out of as well
  • Low prices should not entail poorly finished interiors or mean skimping on vehicle equipment lists
  • The best city cars should feel safe and composed on the motorway, so longer trips don’t become stressful or tiring

Speaking about the impending awards, our Chief Operating Officer, Philip Ward is full of enthusiasm in the build-up to the event:

“The What Car? Awards epitomise one of the most celebrated events in the motoring calendar. The Awards recognise the achievements of individual car manufacturers, creating results from which expert advice can be offered to consumers considering their next purchase. We are proud to be sponsoring the awards again, for the fifth year running and for continuing to work with such a strong partner.”

Other categories at the awards will include: Best small car, Family car, Convertible, Electric car, Sports car, to name but a few.

One thing’s for sure, we are all incredibly excited about the What Car? Awards, which not only honour the accomplishments of individual car manufacturers, but also the industry’s ability to revive and improve their products every year. There’s always a real sense of team spirit and support at the awards, which you don’t always experience across other industries.

With the awards mere days away, Warranty Direct will make sure our customers are some of the first to know about the results! Keep visiting our blog page and social feeds where we will share news about the awards as soon as they’re presented.

Warranty Direct provides extended motor warranty cover and can supply GAP Cover Insurance for brand new or used cars as well. For more information, visit us at www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Jan 132016
 

Warranty Direct reprises the title sponsorship of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the fourth year running, at a prestigious ceremony in London on Wednesday 13 January, 2016.

In addition to being the headline sponsor, Warranty Direct will also sponsor the individual City Car Award category, revealing the best new city car currently on the market.

Contenders* for the Warranty Direct sponsored City Car Award include the Fiat 500, Smart Forfour, Suzuki Celerio, and Vauxhall Viva.

Warranty Direct has sponsored the highly regarded Car of the Year Awards since 2013, working with What Car? to support the judges with invaluable insight on car reliability and running costs.

Warranty Direct managing director, David Gerrans, said: “The What Car? Awards represent one of the most important celebrations on the calendar for all those who work in the automotive industry.

“The Awards honour the accomplishments of individual car manufacturers, which then creates the substance from which expert advice can be offered to any consumers considering their next purchase.

“Warranty Direct always keeps close watch on the Awards success stories, because we then update our unique Reliability Index, which analyses cars and measures their overall reliability.

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month**. For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit www.reliabilityindex.com, or for a quote on cover, go to www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

* –  Any new cars purchased this year, which are contenders for the 2016 City Car Award category sponsored by Warranty Direct, will not appear on the company Reliability Index until 2019.

 ** – price based on a Toyota Auris T2

Jan 052015
 

Warranty Direct will sponsor the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the third year running at this year’s prestigious ceremony in London on January 7.

As well as acting as title sponsor, Warranty Direct will also sponsor the individual City Car category, helping to reveal the best small car on the road.

Warranty Direct has sponsored the coveted Awards since 2013 and works in close partnership with leading car-buying brand What Car?, supporting the judges with potential insights on reliability and running costs.

David Gerrans, Managing Director at Warranty Direct commented “The What Car? awards are a hugely important celebration for the automotive sector, as they recognise the achievements of manufacturers, which then form the basis of expert advice offered to consumers currently contemplating their next car purchase.”

Warranty Direct cover starts from as little as £15 a month. For more information on the reliability of your vehicle, visit www.reliabilityindex.com , or for a quote on cover www.warrantydirect.co.uk.

Sep 222014
 

Focus WinnerThe Ford Focus 1.6 105 Zetec 5dr has been voted the overall Warranty Direct sponsored What Car? Used Car of the Year for 2014.

The event, which was held at The Hurlingham Club, London and was attended by all major vehicle manufacturers and named 13 outstanding category winners. Warranty Direct helped judge the awards providing insight and reliability statistics, which heavily influenced the voting.

This year’s other winners include the Hyundai 1.2 Comfort (city car), Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec 5dr (small car) and the Lexus IS220d SE (executive car). The Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport scooped the fun car award, while the Citroën Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi VTR+ was considered the best MPV. Warranty Direct sponsored What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards 2014 category winners

Category Winning vehicle
Overall winner Ford Focus 1.6 105 Zetec 5dr ’11/11
City car Hyundai i10 1.2 Comfort ’10/10
Small car Ford Fiesta 1.25 Zetec 5dr ’09/09
Family car Ford Focus 1.6 105 Zetec 5dr ’11/11
Coupé Volkswagen Scirocco 1.4 TSI 160 ’09/09
Estate car Ford Mondeo Estate 2.0 TDCi 140 Zetec ’10/10
MPV Citroën Grand C4 Picasso 1.6 HDi VTR+ ’10/10
Open-top car BMW 3 Series Convertible 320d SE ’09/09
Small SUV Nissan Qashqai 1.5 dCi Acenta ’10/10
Large SUV Volvo XC90 2.4 D5 SE Lux ’10/60
Executive car Lexus IS220d SE ’10/10
Luxury car Jaguar XJ 3.0D V6 Luxury ’11/11
Fun car Mazda MX-5 2.0 Sport ’09/09

 

What Car? editor Jim Holder said: “The winning cars are all outstanding vehicles, but it is the ownership experience that matters just as much. “As What Car?’s Used Car of the Year, the Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec brings the best balance of performance and equipment for the money – and for only £8000 you can get the current-generation model.”

As well as the What Car? experts, the panel of judges included David Gerrans, managing director of Warranty Direct, “These awards have great credibility and we are delighted that our exhaustive reliability statistics helped the judging panel reach the right decisions.”

The value of the used car market reached a record level of £38.1 billion in 2012, rising from £32.4 billion in 2008. On average, there are around seven million used car sales annually, compared to 2.0 to 2.5 million new car sales.