Ford Galaxy among award winners

Ford has celebrated the fact that its Galaxy and S-Max models have both won recognition at the 2007 BusinessCar awards.

The Galaxy was named the best MPV and the S-Max won in the new fleet car of the year and best mini-MPV categories.

One of the areas in which the Galaxy garnered praise was its fold-flat seating system to maximise interior space.

"Galaxy handled the age-old MPV passengers-or-luggage dilemma with aplomb, and interior space, despite being only 50mm longer than the S-Max.. Galaxy shares the key driving dynamics of S-Max while satisfying those customers who need a larger MPV," said Tristan Young, editor of BusinessCar magazine.

Commenting on the Galaxy, Kevin Griffin, Ford’s director of fleet operations, said: "We needed to meet the needs for a large MPV to retain its customer base, but importantly, not neglect the outstanding driving dynamics that are the blueprint for all Ford vehicles."

Both the S-Max and the Galaxy are available with a 1.8-litre common rail diesel engine, a two-litre diesel unit or a two-litre, 16-valve petrol engine.

Either five or six-speed manual gearboxes will be fitted as standard, depending on the type of engine in place.

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