The Ford Transit Custom has retained its UK Van of the Year status in the 2014 What Van? Awards.
Ford’s director of fleet operations Phil Hollins collected the award from What Van? Editor Paul Barker and awards sponsor Leaseplan’s Mark Lovett at the awards event in London.
The Transit Custom’s combination of innovation, interior quality, equipment, driving experience and sales success see it become the first vehicle to retain the Van of the Year Award from the UK.
“It was a difficult decision to break with tradition and give our biggest award to a van that was victorious the
previous year, but the Transit Custom’s impact on the light commercial vehicle market means the success is warranted,” said What Van? Editor Paul Barker. “It’s been a deservedly successful first year for the Custom, a vehicle that has moved the sector on in a whole series of ways.”
Ford also picked up awards for the Fiesta Van in the light van category, the Transit Custom in the medium van sector, and the Ranger won best pick-up. The Transit is due for launch into Australia in the second quarter of 2014.
What Van? also used the 2014 awards to establish its Hall of Fame, with the first inductee being the Vauxhall Vivaro. The van, which comes out of the UK’s only major remaining LCV manufacturing base in Luton, has been on sale since 2001 and will be replaced in 2014 by an all-new model, but its impact during its lifetime makes it a worthy opening entrant.
Other winners included a pair of prizes for both Mercedes-Benz – the Sprinter took the large van category and the firm also picked up the Safety Award – and VW which won the Best Website and Used Van of the Year titles, the latter for the Transporter.
Nissan, Fiat, BCA, Ashwoods and Mitsubishi were among the other companies collecting prizes.
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What Van? Awards 2014 – the winners