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!

May 212014


Warranty Direct are proud to announce their sponsorship of the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2015, an award they are supporting for the 3rd consecutive year.

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 considered for awards and each year the best of the best receives the top prize in motoring: being named What Car? Car of the Year.

What Car? is the UK’s biggest car-buying brand and has been helping Britain’s car buyers make purchasing decisions for over 40 years. Their tests are widely regarded as the most trusted source of new car advice. Just one of the reasons we have decided to sponsor these awards for the 3rd year running.

An increased focus on Used Car guidance and advice has led to the What Car? Used Car of the Year Awards which are held in September. Warranty Direct also supports these awards, providing critical figures on each vehicle’s reliability and running costs, as well as appearing on the judging panel, to help ascertain the UK’s premier used vehicles for motorists.

With What Car?’s UK motoring magazine, website and strong customer facing values offering advice, tips and truly honest reviews for customers and prospective car buyers, Warranty Direct are proud to be a part of these fantastic events showcasing the best new and used cars for 2015.


Apr 292013

Biathle_TeamGB_Erding_2012Warranty Direct – the UK’s leading provider of direct consumer warranties – will sponsor the GB Biathle Series and National Biathle Championships, supporting a unique form of athletics that follows a “run-swim-run” format and features events across the country.

With categories for all ages from 9 years up to 70+, Biathle competitions see athletes starting together in a group and running for up to 1500m, swimming for up to 200m and finally completing another run of up to 1500m to the finish line.

Warranty Direct’s support will enable organisers to double the number of competitors who receive prizes as well as providing kit, equipment and event costs.

Duncan McClure Fisher, Warranty Direct Managing Director, said of the deal: “We are very happy to back a sport which gets little exposure, but has produced some fantastic all-round athletes who have gone on to great things while representing their country. We hope that our support will help Pentathlon GB produce more athletes to compete for the British Team in Future Olympics.”

Organised by Pentathlon GB, Biathle is a natural starting point for those who later move on to the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon. Samantha Murray – who, by claiming silver, won The British Team’s final medal of the London 2012 Olympic Games – competed in Biathle series events before graduating to Pentathlon.

Murray commented: “GB Biathle is a friendly, well-managed and competitive organisation that provides a pathway into Modern Pentathlon. As a youngster, I competed in a few Biathles in the North West which helped my progress into the Pentathlon field.”

Howard Jones, Pentathlon GB Biathle Director, said of Warranty’s Direct’s support:  “We’re absolutely delighted to have Warranty Direct on board for 2013. Following the Olympics there has been an increase in people wanting to take up sport at this level and their support enables us to help encourage more people to take part. It’s going to be an exceptional season of competition”.

Warranty Direct-sponsored prizes will be awarded for the GB Biathle Race Series competitions across the country, with the first events set to take place at Millfield School in Somerset on 5th May.

Mar 292011

Boat ClubWarranty Direct-supported Oxford University Women’s Boat Club completed a famous double over Oxford’s long-time nemesis, Cambridge, when they won the prestigious Henley Boat Races on Sunday.

The Dark Blues’ victory over the favoured Cambridge ladies came a day after Oxford’s men’s crew had also overcome their underdog status to triumph on Saturday.

Coached by former men and women’s Team GBR chief coach Mike Genchi, the squad included several junior international rowers, as well as 19-year old Natalie Redgrave, daughter of five-times Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave.

The women’s victory of one length was all the more special for the fact that the Oxford crew had lost heavily to Cambridge in a 3km race in mid-February.

Redgrave Jr said: “It feels fantastic to have won. I will definitely be coming back to race again next year.”

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, was on hand to watch the girls power to victory, as was Sir Steve and Natalie’s godfather, Sir Matthew Pinsent.

McClure Fisher said: “After suffering such a heavy defeat a month ago, the girls really picked themselves up and worked hard. This victory, in the most famous boat race in the world, is their reward and we are so proud to have supported them.”

OUWBC chair, Rachel Quarrell, said: “The entire club is very proud of both its crews, and I am especially proud of this year’s Blue Boat athletes and coaches.  To overcome a difficult year and the recent intense media interest, and to produce a race like that, shows the courage and determination of Oxford’s oarswomen.  We are delighted that Duncan and Rory Buckley from Warranty Direct were at Henley to see such a spectacular and well-deserved victory, after their support has done a lot to make this year’s success possible.”

Warranty Direct’s backing in the 2011 Henley Boat Races is the second consecutive year that the Reading-based automotive warranty specialist has supported OUWBC.

For more information about Warranty Direct, please visit www.warrantydirect.co.uk or to find out more about the Henley Boat Races, visit http://www.henleyboatraces.com/.

Mar 142011

OUWBCThe UK’s leading provider of direct automotive warranties, Reading-based Warranty Direct, has thrown its weight behind the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club team.

The women’s first team will go head to head against arch rivals, Cambridge University, in the famous annual Henley Boat Races on the River Thames on Sunday, March 27.

The squad, coached by former men and women’s Team GBR chief coach Mike Genchi, includes several junior international rowers and also features 19-year old Natalie Redgrave, daughter of five-times Olympic gold medallist, Steve Redgrave.

Warranty Direct managing director, Duncan McClure Fisher, a keen rower himself, joined the club’s first team at Wallingford this week to launch Warranty Direct’s second consecutive year of support.

He said: “The Boat Races are one of the UK’s most famous sporting events of the year and interest in the headlining men’s race has been steadily increasing over the years. We’ve noticed a similar trend in the women’s event and, naturally, we wanted to support one of the top teams in the country.”

OUWBC chair, Rachel Quarrell, said: “The support of Duncan and Warranty Direct has been a real bonus to OUWBC, helping athletes offset the high costs of training and carry on rowing for the club for a second year, while working equally hard at their studies.  Every penny donated is being put to good use.  It is great to have such energetic and enthusiastic supporters, especially as our annual boat races take place in Henley, only a few miles from Warranty Direct’s headquarters in Reading.”

OUWBC has several fixtures lined up during March as it prepares for the Henley Boat Races. The formal Henley Boat Races Challenge and weigh-in is on Tuesday, March 22. Members of the team will sport Warranty Direct branding on their jackets, leggings and kit bags.

McCLure Fisher added: “We’ll certainly all be at Henley on March 27 to cheer the girls on and enjoy lending Warranty Direct’s support to one of this country’s most underrated sporting spectacles.”

For more information about Warranty Direct, please visit www.warrantydirect.co.uk or to find out more about the Henley Boat Races, visit http://www.henleyboatraces.com/.