Volkswagen’s latest security system has been honoured at this year’s BusinessCar Techies Awards with the advanced electronic Intelligent Key being named Best Security Device.
A new standard feature on all Volkswagen Touareg 4×4 and Phaeton models, the key maintains a record of whether the car has been locked and alarmed. By simply pressing a button on the key and looking at the red light indicator, an owner can check, even when they are not with the car, the ‘locked’ status of their vehicle. It can also provide vital evidence to insurers and fleet managers as they can confirm by interrogating the car key’s data chip whether the vehicle was secured before any theft or break-ins occurred.
Tristan Young, Editor-in-Chief of BusinessCar commented: ‘Unlike almost all of the other categories where we knew who the likely entries would be, the Best Security Device Techie was won by a device BusinessCar has never written about before. The Volkswagen Intelligent Key is simple to use, useful and clever, which is just what the BusinessCar Technies are about.’
In addition, the highly efficient new Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion was highly commended in the Best Green Development (manufacturer) category. On sale next year, it is expected to return 85 mpg and produce just 87 g/km of CO2, which matches or exceeds the capabilities of hybrid vehicles currently on sale, and yet is conventional to drive and maintain.
On receiving the award, Vincent Kinner, Head of Volkswagen Fleet Services commented: ‘We are extremely proud to receive this Techie award for the Intelligent Key from BusinessCar, particularly as it was voted for solely by the publication’s readership, which is such an influential group within the fleet arena. The commendation for the Polo BlueMotion is also a fantastic result prior to the vehicle’s market entry next year.’
- Volkswagen UK