Honda does the double at Workshop Magazine Awards

Honda has won two of the top titles at the inaugural Workshop Magazine Awards in London on Monday.

The event, which was launched to celebrate Britain's crucial automotive aftermarket sector and hosted by British F1 Johnny Herbert, saw it named Manufacturer of the Year, while the Honda Jazz was also crowned Car of the Year.

Volvo's V40 was named the UK's Most Reliable Car and Kia scooped the Manufacturer Warranty Scheme Award for its impressive seven-year warranty.

James Baggott, founder and publisher of Workshop Magazine, said: "The aftermarket industry is massively important to the UK economy, servicing more than 30 million cars every year at an average cost of £706.

"It's therefore fitting that the Workshop Magazine Awards celebrate the incredible work that goes on around the country every day to keep this success story going."

He added: "Brexit is looming large on the industry and experts warn that without the right deal the cost of the average service could rise 10 by per cent.

"But whatever Brexit brings there's no doubt the aftermarket industry will continue to work in the tireless and professional manner our awards judges have seen first-hand."

The automotive aftermarket industry is worth £21.6 billion each year – of which £12.5 billion goes directly into the British economy – and helps support 347,000 jobs nationwide.

The Workshop Magazine Awards not only celebrated manufacturers – the best apprentices, vehicle technicians, suppliers and independent garages were also handed awards for their contributions to the industry.
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