Security award winners announced
* Audi is top manufacturer * VW Group commended * Vans now included...
The results of the 2009 British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards were announced today.
Audi picked up its fourth consecutive Manufacturer Award, with nine fully compliant models: the A3, A4, A5, R8, TT, Q5, Q7, A6 and A8.
The Manufacturer Award is given to the manufacturer with the most model ranges, over the 12 months to the end of April, where every variant satisfies the award's selection criteria.
The Innovation Award was won by the Volkswagen Group, for its 'Vehicle Secure Indicator' (VSI), which is standard on the Audi Q7, A6 & A8 and VW Touareg and Phaeton.
Electronics inside the key fob maintain a record of whether the car has been locked and alarmed. By pressing a button on the key fob an owner can check, even when they are not with the car, the 'locked' status of their vehicle.
The full results were as follows:
City car / supermini: Seat Ibiza SE & Sport
Small family car: Citroen C4 Exclusive
Family car: Citroen C5 Exclusive
Compact executive car: Audi A4
Compact MPV: Citroen C4 Picasso Exclusive
Large MPV: Ford S-Max
Open-top car: Audi A5 Cabriolet
Performance car (including hot hatch and coupe): Audi S8
Compact 4x4: Audi Q5
Large 4x4: Toyota Land Cruiser V8
Executive car: Citroen C6
Luxury car: Volkswagen Phaeton
Manufacturer : Audi UK
The British Insurance Vehicle Security Awards, hosted by Thatcham, the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, are supported by insurers, the Home Office, the Department for Transport and The AA Motoring Trust.
Alan Campbell, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Crime Reduction, said: 'Congratulations to all the winners of the 2009 BIVSA awards. I want to thank the whole industry for the efforts they have taken to make the cars and vans on British roads more secure and much harder for criminals to steal.
'Working together we have seen vehicle crime in the UK fall by 66% since 1995. This means many fewer victims of crime. That's a significant achievement and one that we can all be proud of.'