The prestigious Fleet World Van Honours took place earlier this week with manufacturer Ford taking home five awards in total.
The awards are presented by the trade publication to auto manufacturers, service companies and individuals and whom the judging panel believe have achieved the highest level of excellence within their sector.
With the latest Ford Transit Custom model receiving awards for “Best New Van”, “Best Medium Van and Innovation” along with the B-MAX being honoured for Design of the Year, the remarkable evening was capped off with the brand being named as overall Van Manufacturer of the Year 2013.
The evening continued the manufacturer’s long and successful tradition at Fleet World Honours, this being the fourth successive year the Transit family has received accolades from Fleet World.
Back in 2010 the Ford Transit Connect was named Best Small Van whilst the following year the Transit took home the prize for “Best Medium Van”. Last year Ford completed the set with the Transit winning Best Large Van.
Whilst Ford’s success is commendable, it should not come as too much of a surprise within the industry given their first-class sales accomplishments. Ford currently sells near 60,000 Transit vans per year in the UK, leading the medium van market with 33.5% market share.
The latest Ford Transit Custom, has already sold over 3,100 units in the UK alone and was commended for its extended service intervals and reduced ownership costs, a welcome benefit to fleet owners dealing with the additional costs of van insurance and vehicle maintenance.
Host of innovative features
With Ford still leading the way in the commercial van market with a 22.3% share, such is the demand for Ford’s van models, the company are set to launch a series of models over the next 18 months, with the Ford Transit Connect, an all-new two-tonne Ford Transit and Ford Transit Courier, all set to follow the latest Ford Transit Custom.
Ford are not simply basking in past glories and resting on their laurels though, as winning the award for innovation signified. It is the second successive year they have won the award, the judges deeming the Transit Custom was packed with a host of innovative features including the Ford’s Integrated Roof Rack and Load-through Bulkhead. The vehicle is also the first van to ever be awarded five stars in Euro NCAP testing, utilising the state of the art Ford SYNC Emergency Assistance system.
Ford of Britain fleet director, Phil Hollins, remarked – “The number and range of awards for Ford at the Fleet World Honours is a great result. The excellent design, research and development that has gone into the next-generation of Ford vehicles is paying off, and I’m delighted that Ford continues to have great products to offer all customers.”
Are any of our readers Ford van owners? Do you feel the company are worthy winners of Van Manufacturer of the Year 2013?