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The Professional Driver Chauffeur Car of the Year category is usually the closest category – though this year we had a clear winner – the Mercedes-Benz S300L BlueTec Hybrid.

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Our 2014 winner is a brilliant fusion of classical style and cutting-edge technology. The same diesel hybrid powertrain that powers the E300 BlueTec Hybrid offers genuine 50mpg performance in the S-Class.

This is the first year the new S-Class has been eligible for the Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards and the judges were unanimous in their praise of its beautifully put-together interior and its advanced technology and convenience features, with large high-resolutions screens replacing a conventional dashboard.

Our runner-up is once again last year’s winner. Better fuel economy, further improvements to the styling and additional safety features have raised the game once again on the evergreen Audi A8L 3.0TDI.

In third place it’s the BMW 730Ld, a car that has twice won this award in the past, and is still proving to be a highly competitive car six years on from its launch. An all-new replacement is due in 2015.

The winners

1 - Mercedes-Benz S300L BlueTec Hybrid SE Line

2 - Audi A8L 3.0TDI SE

3 - BMW 730Ld SE


Roll of Honour

2013 Audi A8L 3.0TDI

2012 Mercedes-Benz S350L

2011 BMW 730Ld

2010 Jaguar XJL 3.0D

2009 BMW 730Ld

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ProDriver Congress London, June 6, 2017 - Panel Session 4: Autonomous vehicles

Kevin Meeks, Volvo
Daniel Severin, Plan Insurance
Mike Galvin, Addison Lee
Bob Nixon, iCabbi
Safa Alkateb, Autocab

Kevin Meeks from Volvo gave an opening presentation on the subject of autonomous cars, outlining, with the aid of a short video presentation, the company’s DriveMe project.

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ProDriver Congress London, June 6, 2017 - Panel Session 3: Employers, workers and the gig economy

Gary Jacobs, DriverServ
David Harmer, Accountax
Mike Bell, Driven Worldwide
Sean Sauter, Green Tomato Cars
Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, Public Policy Matters

The session was opened by Gary Jacobs, who provided an overview of the subject in the light of recent developments that have affected the so-called “gig economy”, such as the Uber and Pimlico Plumbers employment court cases.

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ProDriver Congress London, June 6, 2017 - Panel Session 1: Disrupting the disrupters

Dominick Moxon-Tritsch, Public Policy Matters
Mike Bell, Driven Worldwide
Sean Sauter, Green Tomato Cars
Catherine Faiers, Addison Lee
Daniel Severin, Plan Insurance

The first session kicked off with a question posed by congress chair Mark Bursa: “What does disruption look like?” First response was from Dominick Moxon-Tritsch from Public Policy Matters, responding with a broad overview of the challenges facing private hire today.


Geneva Motor Show 2017

Mark Bursa reports from Europe’s premier auto exhibition