Jazz wins Workshop’s Car of the Year
Honda has swept the podium yet again, this time winning Manufacturer of the Year and the Honda Jazz winning Car of the Year in the Workshop Magazine awards. The news comes just days after the Honda Civic Type R was named Car of the Year, International Editors’ Car of the Year and Hot Hatch of the Year by BBC Top Gear magazine.
Workshop Magazine, a publication aimed at garage owners, managers and automotive technicians, held its first awards ceremony on 11 December, celebrating the best and brightest in the automotive industry.
Readers of the magazine praised the Jazz for its “logical” design and reparability, while Honda was commended for the strong relationships it shares with workshops all over the country – and its overall efficiency.
The Jazz, known as the ‘Fit’ in some markets, has sold over 5 million units worldwide since the first-generation model was introduced in 2001. The Jazz will receive a facelift in the New Year, with a 1.5 i-VTEC engine option being added to the range alongside new trim levels.
“We had feedback from a lot of garages – all praising the Honda Jazz for being easy to work on and reliable, and for Honda itself when it comes to getting parts for it,” said Rebecca Chaplin, Head of Editorial at Blackball Media, publisher of the magazine. “It was a tough contest, but nothing else could quite match it!
“Equally, Honda should be delighted with the Manufacturer of the Year award, because it’s testament to what the workshop industry believes is the best manufacturer to work with. Franchise and independent garages love working with Honda because, whether they need parts or support, it always comes up trumps – offering the best service for workshops when they need it.”
Phil Webb, Head of Car at Honda UK, added: “With both of these awards being voted for by the readers of Workshop Magazine, it makes them all the more powerful and all the more special.”