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Double victory for Schmitz Cargobull
First and third place for the brands with the blue elephant

Munich/Horstmar, 10th February 2017 – Schmitz Cargobull continues to strengthen its leading position with a double victory in the important trailer/bodies category! The market leader has won the coveted Image Award presented by the German trade magazine VerkehrsRundschau for the seventh time.

Schmitz Cargobull sets the benchmark in the trailer and bodies industry, achieving a clear lead in the “Fleets with up to 10 commercial vehicles” segment and also for the first time in the “Fleets with more than 11 commercial vehicles” segment in the Trailers/Bodies” category.

Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG, accepted the winner's trophy for first place at the awards ceremony in Munich on behalf of the Blue Elephant. The Schmitz Cargobull Telematics service division (telematics) also distinguished itself, achieving an impressive third place in the “Fleets with more than 11 commercial vehicles” segment.

The coveted Image Award is presented annually by the renowned German magazine VerkehrsRundschau. In a representative opinion survey, the market research institute Kleffmann surveyed 530 randomly selected representative managers from German carriers as well as fleet managers regarding the image of commercial vehicle providers and those offering services in the sector.

This year's Image Award rated a total of over 88 brands in eight categories: trucks, vans, trailers/bodies, tyres, fuel cards, commercial vehicle rental/leasing along with telematics, OEM and third-party providers.

“Our customers have consistently rated us among the leading group of all brands for years and right at the front of the trailer manufacturers”, remarked a delighted Andreas Schmitz. “We will continue our reliability and quality efforts for our customers. This is the only way to further expand our lead with innovative vehicles in the future. We work tirelessly to deliver the highest quality and develop the best customer-oriented transport solutions.”

Schmitz Cargobull Telematics has earned itself a place among the leading telematics providers

The outstanding results achieved by Schmitz Cargobull Telematics for the European market leader at the Image Award also convinced those interviewed: in the “Telematics (Fleets with more than 11 commercial vehicles)” category, the company took third place in the ranking. Places one and two went to Mercedes-Benz and MAN with their respective truck telematics. Schmitz Cargobull Telematics with its in-house trailer telematics is therefore well ahead in respect of commercial vehicle trailers. Andreas Schmitz continues: “This outstanding success shows that service offers have become a key factor when purchasing a vehicle. They shape the brand’s overall image and provide customers with added value.”

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Proud to take first place: (from left) Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG with Gerhard Grünig, Editor-in-chief VerkehrsRundschau
Proud to take first place: (from left) Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG with Gerhard Grünig, Editor-in-chief VerkehrsRundschau
Smiling winners: (from left) Gerd Rohrsen, Head of Corporate Communication Schmitz Cargobull AG, Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG, Ilka Groenewold, Presenter and Josef Warmeling, Head of International Key Account Management Schmitz Cargobull AG
Smiling winners: (from left) Gerd Rohrsen, Head of Corporate Communication Schmitz Cargobull AG, Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG, Ilka Groenewold, Presenter and Josef Warmeling, Head of International Key Account Management Schmitz Cargobull AG
Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG (Photo: VerkehrsRundschau/Jan Scheutzow)
Andreas Schmitz, Chairman of the Board of Schmitz Cargobull AG (Photo: VerkehrsRundschau/Jan Scheutzow)