Rental manufacturer awards provide clues to car buyers
Toyota ousted Volkswagen to take the rental and leasing association’s top award this year writes Mark Smyth
When you are looking for a new car, you might turn to various people for advice on what is the best car, or the best manufacturer. Hopefully you rely on Motor News for insight, but you might also ask your colleagues, friends, family or that bloke in the pub who seems to know everything about everything. But what about an organisation that has more than 370,000 vehicles in the fleets of its members? Surely they must know a thing or two worth knowing? We are talking about Savrala, the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association. Its rental company members include Avis/Budget, Bidvest and Hertz, managing more than 70,000 vehicles, while there are 300,000 vehicles among its leasing members. The organisation has just announced its annual Manufacturer of the Year awards and, for the first time since 2009, the overall winner was not Volkswagen. This year the top honour went to archrival Toyota. Toyota dominated the leasing section of the awards which helped it to the overall ti...