• Volvo Cars voted 'One to Watch' by top fleet magazine
• Firm's cars praised for cutting-edge safety and connectivity technology, as well as new petrol, diesel and hybrid powertrains
Volvo Cars has been awarded the 'One to Watch' accolade at this year's Fleet World Honours.
The award, which the title presents to a manufacturer or product 'on the verge of great things', is an endorsement of Volvo's transformation strategy which is set to see the company establish itself as a leader in autonomous drive, connectivity and electrification over the next few years. This is Volvo's second consecutive appearance on the annual winners' list, after the ground-breaking XC90 was crowned Best SUV in 2016.
The transformation of the Volvo brand has seen the successful recent launches of the XC90 premium SUV, S90 saloon and V90 estate, and with a host of new models to be released in the coming years, the firm's impact on the fleet sector will be significant. Its new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) and Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platforms have liberated the company to explore intelligent and diverse opportunities to set new benchmarks in terms of connectivity, safety and efficiency.
Commenting on the win for Volvo, the Fleet World judges said: "With the sublime new S90, V90 and XC90, and a line-up of new compact models now close to market, the future is looking promising for Volvo. And they're not just striking to look at, featuring cutting-edge safety and assistance technology, advanced connectivity and brilliant new petrol, diesel and hybrid drivetrains. All are foundations for a much stronger fleet presence."
New technologies such as Run-off Road Mitigation and Large Animal Detection are already helping fleets to minimise risk, while Volvo's semi-autonomous drive Pilot Assist feature helps take the strain out of long business journeys. The company will launch its first car capable of full autonomous driving by 2021.
Meanwhile, Volvo's Drive-E powertrain range includes some of the world's most powerful four-cylinder engines. The new family of powertrains uses sophisticated fuelling and turbocharging technologies, as well as advanced transmissions, to provide responsive power with far lower fuel consumption and emissions. Volvo also aims to sell one million electrified cars globally by 2025.
Selwyn Cooper, Head of Business Sales, Volvo Car UK, commented: "Volvo Cars has set a new standard for itself, and still has an exciting journey ahead in its transformation as a brand.
"For this to be recognised by an influential publication such as Fleet World is an outstanding achievement for the company, and is further evidence of our commitment to designing and building new cars that make life simpler, safer and more cost-effective for business users."
The Fleet World Honours ceremony was held at the iconic Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall, London, on Tuesday 21 February.