This year's Chauffeur Car of the Year award in the £50 000 to £75 000 (R700 000 to R1.05-million) category is the third for the opulent long wheelbase luxury saloon Audi A8 L, which also took the top spot in 2005 and 2011.
It was bestowed not just on the strength of the car itself, but also by virtue of the successful Audi UK chauffeur program through which professional drivers can run one on a contract-hire basis and benefit from exceptional support.
Paul Gibson, editor of thechauffeur.com, commented: "The A8 L offers the chauffeur an excellent all-round package. Excellent economy, comfort, all-wheel drive and workable boot space are key factors which helped it clinch the award."
"When putting it against its competitors, it was also obvious that the manufacturer's dedicated chauffeur program is one of the best in the marketplace."
The excellent economy which was instrumental in the latest victory for the A8 L is commonly associated with the TDI versions, but it can now also be enjoyed in gasoline models with even lower CO2 output and the potential for zero emissions driving - the A8 hybrid and A8 L hybrid.
Powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder petrol unit working in conjunction with a 40kW electric motor, the A8 L hybrid can drive using electric power alone at speeds of up to 100km/h. It can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds.
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