Chevrolet’s Captiva has been named 2013’s Best Tow Car in its weight category, by the Caravan Club.
The national competition, which for the first time categorised entrants by Vehicle Excise Duty tax brands rather than price, had a judging panel of 10 experts who decided that the Captiva’s capabilities beat the competition in the 1800kg and over category.
Daniel Gregorious, National Sales and Operations Manager at Chevrolet, was at the awards ceremony at the RAC Club in London, where the winners were announced. He said: “This is amazing news for Captiva – Chevrolet has a long history of SUVs and Captiva is a safe and practical model for towing.
He later added: “We launched a ‘Safe Towing Guide’ for drivers this summer which has proved very popular, and we know many people who buy Captiva do so with towing in mind. We are really pleased the judges recognised Captiva’s capabilities in this competitive sector.”
The competition attracted 23 entrants, and was carried out at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire. The panel of 10 judges included journalists and committee members. Special guest Sir Ranulph Fiennes, also watched the testing process, and then presented the Class awards at the ceremony last week.
Tests included a mid-range 30-60mph acceleration assessment, high-speed towing circuits, emergency braking, ride and handling evaluations and hill-stop and restart tests.
The vehicles were divided into four Vehicle Excise Duty classes plus two All-Wheel-Drive categories, under 1800kg and over 1800kg.
Grenville Chamberlain, Caravan Club Chairman, commented: “The Club extends its congratulations to all the winners in this Competition.”
The Captiva, Chevrolet’s full blooded compact SUV was given a major makeover in 2011, including a fresh exterior design to give it an even more confident and dynamic presence; an all-new range of the latest powerful and fuel efficient engines; chassis modifications to improve ride and handling and an upgraded interior.
It remains true to the Chevrolet traditions of innovation and value for money, while offering all-wheel-drive capability, versatility for up to seven passengers and an interior quality that belies its affordable price.
The Captiva 2.2 LT was the model that stood out to the Caravan Club in this competition, and proved itself to be a true family car. The 7-seater has follow-me-home headlights, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, cruise control, and rear parking sensors all for a competitive £28,285. And with Chevrolet’s fantastic 0% Representative finance options, Captiva now has even more to offer.