2020 Brussels Motor Show: the Fleet Europe Top 10
While Paris and Frankfurt are losing some of their lustre, Brussels is moving up on the ladder. The reason behind the motor show’s success is that it is very sales oriented. More than half a million visitors are expected to pay a visit to the Salon de l’auto – which convinces ever more brands to showcase a European and even a world premiere. Fleet Europe is on site and this is what we selected for the European fleet manager. And yes, most of them are electrified.
1. Mercedes GLA. The compact crossover is a clever case of A Class meets GLC and is sure to win the hearts of many company car drivers, especially when the 250e plug in hybrid model arrives.
2. BMW X1 25e. What Mercedes does, BMW can do too. The X1 and its coupé-esque brother X2 can now be ordered with the plug-in hybrid powertrain of the 225xe Active Tourer.
3. Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid. One segment up but outside the premium spectrum, Citroën’s very first PHEV model targets comfort and design sensitive customers.
4. Opel Insignia. It has been struggling to hold its ground in a declining segment, but the revamped Insignia now boasts more flattering CO2 levels.
5. BMW 2 GranCoupe. The GranCoupe recipe has proven successful for BMW, so why not apply it to the C-segment. As such, the BMW 2 Series now comes in a unique new flavour for fleet customers.
6. Renault Captur E-Tech. Even e-pioneer Renault can’t deny plug-in hybrids make more sense for many drivers. The Captur E-Tech is an interesting alternative to the Kia Niro PHEV.
7. Renault Clio E-Tech. Contrary to the Captur, the Clio is a conventional hybrid, even though it shares the majority of its components with its crossover derivative.
8. Nissan Juke. The styling of this second-generation model is less polarizing and the Qashqai's baby brother has matured into a highly connected crossover with a suite of ADAS. No sign of electrification, though.
9. Audi e-tron Sportback. If you find the e-tron too plump and the Jaguar I-Pace too slim, you may want to consider this coupéfied version called Sportback, which squeezes a few more electric km out of the battery pack thanks to its aerodynamic design.
10. Mazda MX30. Mazda can hardly claim it is a fleet brand, but that might change with the all-electric maverick crossover called MX-30. For its architecture, it seems to have looked at the BMW i3, but its battery offers less range.
Main picture: the new VW Golf, the archetype of the European fleet car, shown in Brussels as a Belgian premiere.