Mazda was today named Best Carmaker in the second annual Which? Awards.
The Japanese manufacturer’s blend of excellent value for money, reliability and innovation helped it to beat runners-up Audi, BMW, Honda, Lexus and Toyota.
Office of Fair Trading (OFT) chief executive John Fingleton was named Consumer Champion of the Year at the ceremony.
Best products and services
Mr Fingleton’s award recognises the OFT’s increased focus on important consumer issues; for instance, the watchdog is currently battling with high-street banks over unauthorised overdraft fees.
The awards, held at the British Museum today, celebrate the very best in consumer products and services in the UK, from airlines and domestic appliances to restaurants and shops.
Panasonic (Best Audio Visual Brand) and Miele (Best Domestic Appliance Brand) retained the awards they picked up last year. Between them, the companies have achieved 52 Which? ‘Best Buy’ accolades in the last 12 months.
Good Food Guide award
Other winners from the 12 categories include Ramsons restaurant, in Ramsbottom, near Manchester. The intimate eaterie received the Which? Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year award from visionary chef Heston Blumenthal.
This year’s awards also included three new categories – Best Online Retailer, Best Value for Money Retailer and Best Airline.
The award winners represent the best of the best in UK products and services
Peter Vicary-SmithWhich? chief executive
Which? chief executive Peter Vicary-Smith said: ‘Getting a good deal for consumers is what Which? exists for, so it’s a pleasure to celebrate the businesses and individuals that are delivering that ideal – today’s award winners truly represent the best of the best in UK products and services.’
The 2008 award winners in full, are:
- Best Airline
- Best Audio Visual Brand
- Best Broadband Provider
- Best Carmaker
- Best Credit Card Provider
John Lewis Partnership
- Best Current Account Provider
- Best Domestic Appliance Brand
- Best High Street Retailer
- Best Online Retailer
- Best Value for Money Retailer
- Which? Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year
- Consumer Champion of the Year
John Fingleton, chief executive, Office of Fair Trading