Fleet managers and private buyers have always considered the “What Van” Van of the Year awards as a good guide to determine what vehicle they will get van insurance quotes on when the time comes to update their van or stock. This year British vans did exceptionally well winning 50% of the categories up for grabs.
The trend was set once again by the UK built Ford Transit; not for the first time it was declared Van of the Year, and who in the commercial vehicle trade would argue with such a decision. Year after year the Transit easily attracts more buyers than any other van in the UK and winning the accolade in the year production in the UK has been halted seems to be a fitting tribute to the much loved vehicle. British success did not stop there however, the Vauxhall Corsavan won Small Van of the Year and the Ford Ranger came away with the pickup of the year award.
Specialist categories saw the much vaunted Mini Clubvan come away with the Editors Choice award and the Vauxhall Ecoflex quietly drove away with the Green award. What Van Editor, Paul Barker, was delighted with the night’s proceedings and thought all those who came out on top were worthy winners. He said: “All those honoured are testament to the quality of the light commercial vehicle market. Despite a tough last few years, the offering for van users and operators has continued to evolve and is better now than ever before.”
Other winners on the night included the Fiat Doblo in the Light Van of the Year category, the Iveco Daily which won the Large Van of the Year award, and the Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 which ran away with the 4×4 Van of the Year section. Mercedes also won the safety award while Emerald Automotive shone through and won the Innovative award.