Volkswagen has been announced as the best motor manufacturer in rental and leasing by the members of South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) for the fifth consecutive year.
The announcement was made at the SAVRALA's annual gala dinner in Sandton. Volkswagen also received gold awards in the leasing and rental categories. Furthermore, Volkswagen employees Queen Ramaliwa and Lutendo Mudau received gold awards for best rental executive in rental and best technical representative in both leasing and rental respectively.
Audi received a bronze award in the "Manufacturer of the Year — Rental" category. This was the second consecutive year that Audi won a bronze award in this category and the only premium brand to receive an award on the evening.
The winners are decided by 10 rental companies, including Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Tempest, First Car and Dollar Thrifty and six Leasing & Fleet Management companies through a stringent process. SAVRALA members are required to rate 26 motor manufacturers using a survey containing 40 targeted questions. The survey covers aspects such as communication, contact with the manufacturer, technical assistance, parts availability and pricing structures.
"We are honoured and humbled by the recognition from our rental and leasing partners especially for bestowing Volkswagen with the Manufacturer of the Year award for the fifth consecutive year. We are very grateful to all SAVRALA members for showing confidence in our products," said David Powels, Managing Director at Volkswagen Group South Africa.