Sales reps ride to riches in VW Passats

Next time you see a Volkswagen Passat pulling into the office car park, there’s a good chance it’s your local manufacturer sales rep visit calling in for a coffee and a chat.

That’s because the award-winning motor has been named the type of company car most driven by catering equipment sales people in the UK.

The vehicle, which was crowned ‘Europe’s Car of the Year’ in 2015, finished top of a poll among industry sales people, just ahead of the Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3.

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The survey was carried out by recruitment expert Cavendish Maine as part of a wider, more extensive study of salaries and benefits in the catering equipment sector that it published earlier this month.

75% of industry professionals it polled had a company car although more than 50% of these had the choice of taking a car or car allowance, the value of which varied depending on the seniority of their role.

“The importance of a company car offered varies a great deal,” noted the firm. “Some said they consider it just another tool of the trade to get from A to B. For others it can be a real deal breaker, understandably when some sales people spend five days a week in their car driving 30,000+ miles a year.”

After questioning sales executives, account managers and national account managers on the company car they drive, Cavendish Maine came up with the following top 10:

Most common company cars in the catering equipment sector
1. Volkswagen Passat
2. Volkswagen Golf
3. Audi A3
4. Audi A4
5. Masda 6
6. BMW 3 Series
7. Volvo V40/V50
8. Nissan Qashqai
9. BMW 1 Series
10. Mercedes C Class

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