Van makers celebrated in the UK yesterday with the release of the 2013 Fleet World Honours Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Awards.
Peugeot received three accolades with the Environment award going to the Peugeot Partner Electric, Best Light Van being the Peugeot Bipper and the Innovation Award going to the Peugeot Hybrid Air Technology.
According to Fleet World Van Editor, John Kendall, said:
“The Peugeot Partner Electric demonstrates how EV prices are continuing to fall with a list price starting from £21,300 (ex-VAT), making it an affordable alternative to a conventionally powered van.
“The Bipper is a compact practical design offering a good payload and high load volume, particularly compared with the hatchback competition, which can offer only half the load volume.
“It’s not often that a new propulsion system comes along that makes everyone sit up and wonder why they hadn’t thought of it, but Peugeot has achieved this with HYbrid Air. Its clever pressurised air system can propel the car at zero emissions, while the relative simplicity of the system makes it much cheaper than other hybrid drivetrains.”
The Best Small Van award went to the Fiat Doblò Cargo, the first LCV to have a bi-link rear suspension which ensures a smooth ride, lower loading height and better width between wheelarches. Additionally, the bi-link suspension permits a rear axle load up to 1,450kg.
The Best Light Van award went to the Fiat Fiorino for the second year in succession with Citoren receiving the award for the Most Improved Fleet Manufacturer. The Citroën Nemo received the Van Fleet World Best Light Van Award and the Citroën Berlingo Electric – Van Fleet World Environment Award.