Here’s a round-up of the manufacturer winners from the recent Fleet Van Awards, by AM’s sister title Fleet News.
Van Manufacturer of the Year - Ford
Despite the fact that Ford did not win any of the van award categories, the judges nevertheless felt that the superb range of vehicles on offer and the aftersales back-up from Ford, together with the wide dealer network, put the blue oval ahead in general terms for the UK’s van fleet operators.
City Van of the Year - Peugeot Bipper
Highly commended: Citroën Nemo, Fiat Fiorino
This was a close-fought contest between three vans that are essentially the same vehicle, but the Bipper won through owing to Peugeot’s renewed focus on fleet support and aftersales.
Small Van of the Year - Volkswagen Caddy
Highly commended: Fiat Doblo Cargo
With new engines, a range that the others can’t match, rock solid residual values and superb dealer back-up, the Volkswagen Caddy knocked last year’s winner off its perch into second place.
Medium Van of the Year - Volkswagen Transporter
Such is the legendary might of this van, which dates back to the late 1950s, that it wins the Medium Van of the Year award again – as it has done every year since our awards began. The judges could find nothing to touch it in the sector.
Large Van of the Year - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Can rivals ever come up to the level of the mighty Mercedes-Benz Sprinter? Maybe not as the judges once again gave the Large Panel Van award to the big van with the three-pointed star – the fourth time in succession.
4x4 Truck of the Year - Mitsubishi L200
Highly commended: Volkswagen Amarok
The Mitsubishi L200 claimed the top 4x4 prize. It narrowly beat the new Volkswagen Amarok, which lost out because although it is on sale, supply is limited at present. The judges also liked the fact that the L200 is also available as a single-cab.
Van of the Year - Volkswagen Transporter
Our Van of the Year was chosen from the winners of the other categories.