Jan 122017
 
BMW 5 Series - What Car? Car of the Year 2017

BMW 5 Series – What Car? Car of the Year 2017

Last night saw the winners of the 2017 What Car? Car of the Year Awards announced during a prestigious ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House in Park Lane.

Every year, What Car? crowns the best cars on the market, and acknowledges outstanding manufacturers at its annual awards. Warranty Direct reprised its partnership role with What Car? as the event’s headline sponsor for the fifth year running and sponsored the individual City Car award category.

The awards are the accolades every manufacturer wants to win. More than 40 different cars competed across 18 separate categories, with What Car? awarding automotive prizes from the best city run-around and family hatchback on sale, to the best large SUV and sports car.

The most coveted prize, the What Car? Car of the Year award, was given to the best newcomer on the automotive scene, the BMW  5 Series.  There was a diverse array of brilliant models competing for the top prize, ranging from a Maserati Levante to a Ford Ka+.

According to What Car? the BMW 5 Series earned the top accolade due to its spaciousness, excellent finish and sophisticated infotainment system. The award marks the pinnacle of success for a motor and its creators and is an indication of a terrific year ahead for that model.

The Hyundai i10 - winner of the What Car? City Car award

The Hyundai i10 – winner of the What Car? City Car award

The City Car award, sponsored by Warranty Direct, was won by the Hyundai i10 due to it answering a range of strict criteria, including a keen list price with low running costs, ease of use and compactness to fit into small spaces.

Other awards were won on the night by the Audi A3 Sportback (Family Car award), the Audi Q7 (Luxury SUV award), Mazda MX-5 (Convertible award), the Renault Zoe (Electric award) and the Porsche 718 Cayman (Sports Car award).

Speaking about the results of last night’s ceremony, Philip Ward, COO of Warranty Direct said:

“The What Car? Awards epitomise one of the most celebrated events in the motoring calendar, recognising the outstanding achievements of individual car manufacturers and creating insight from which expert advice can be offered to consumers. It was a very memorable evening and we are thrilled the Hyundai i10 won our sponsored award for best City Car – especially as the competition this year was so fierce! We are also delighted to be working with our partner, What Car? for the fifth year running.”

Warranty Direct has sponsored the celebrated Car of the Year Awards since 2013, this year’s event marks the fifth year of the extended warranty company’s headline sponsorship.

For a full list of award winners please visit:  http://www.whatcar.com/awards/

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.

Jun 022016
 

Black Box TechnologyNearly seven in 10 drivers don’t trust ‘black box’ technology to lower their insurance premiums by proving they are a better driver, according to research by Whatcar.com.

Telematics-based insurance policies monitor driving standards by accessing the data produced by a car either by fitting an electronic device inside the car or via a smartphone app. The policies are increasingly being aimed at young, new drivers, with insurance firms rewarding good driving with policy discounts.

However, while improving road safety is the main aim of the new policies, Whatcar.com’s study found the only reason the vast majority of drivers (89%) would use telematics insurance is to save cash, while fewer than two in five (39%) would choose to use it at all.

As well as fearing the ‘Big Brother’ element of having their driving constantly monitored, 67% of motorists said they wouldn’t trust a telematics device to prove they were a good driver.

Paul O’Dowd, head of sales for telematics provider In-Car Cleverness, said mistrust in telematics-based insurance policies may be justified because insurance companies predominantly use hard-wired telematics systems that rely solely on GPS-based data, as opposed to on-board diagnostics (OBD) systems which take data directly from the car.

The scoring systems used also don’t take into account advanced driving methods, as well as other pertinent factors like weather and road conditions, meaning the results can be inaccurate.

He said: “The GPS-based systems that many insurance companies currently use are flawed. The scoring mechanisms do not take into account scenarios that keep a driver safe in the event of a near miss, or advanced driving methods. If all insurers used OBD telematics devices, which capture data readings directly from the vehicle, false data would be significantly reduced.”

Whatcar.com’s editorial director, Jim Holder, said: “Black boxes do encourage safer driving up to a point, but it is also fair to say that it’s often the safest young drivers who choose to have telematics in their car – they would be safe drivers anyway.

“And, while it works to save money for some drivers, it’s important to remember that premiums can go up as well as down based on feedback from the telematics.”

Jan 292016
 

Warranty Direct reprised the title sponsorship of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards for the fourth year running, at a prestigious ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel in London during January. Nineteen awards were up for grabs at the ceremony which saw the Audi A4 3.0 TDU 218 Sport take the top honours for Car of the Year.

According to What Car? the Audi motor earned the top accolade by bringing a new standard of “refinement, interior quality and technology to the compact executive class.” The Audi A4’s awards tally for the night doubled as it also won the Compact Executive Saloon of the year.

The awards for the Audi A4 were part of a very successful night for owners the VW Group. The motor manufacturer dominated the awards by winning nine out of the nineteen categories. Despite a turbulent year for VW Group, which included the emissions scandal, the German automaker is still considered to be producing some of the best cars on sale today.

Other awards were won on night by the Ford Fiesta ST-2 (Hot Hatch award), the new Mazda MX-5 (Convertible award), Volvo XC90 (Safety award), the Nissan Qashqai (Small SUV award) and the Land Rover Discovery Sport (Large SUV award).

In addition to being the headline sponsor, Warranty Direct also sponsored the individual City Car Award category, revealing the best new city car currently on the market. This award was given to the Hyundai i10 1.2 87 SE for its practicality and drive.

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.”

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

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