PSA Group has won the 2019 International Van of the Year award (IVOTY) for its new generation of compact vans, the Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo Van, Vauxhall Combo and Opel Combo.
The vans were designed as part of a cross-business programme in which services were systematically tailored as closely as possible to the needs of business customers in terms of convenience, driving assistance systems and safety, said PSA.
For Jarlath Sweeney, chairman of the IVOTY jury, the new line-up is “the most significant small panel van development in years”.
He said: “The common programme to the four brands of Groupe PSA, the Peugeot Partner, Citroën Berlingo Van, Vauxhall Combo and Opel Combo, is well future-proofed, packed with technological advancements to aid the driver and financially benefit the owner or fleet manager.
“The creation of the overload alert system is a great initiative as it will ensure compliance and enhance safety.
“The availability of two wheelbase versions is another step forward as is the introduction of an all-wheel-drive variant, considering that an increasing number of utility companies are looking for 4x4 traction in a small van. All in all, an excellent package, well put together.”
The new models were developed using the EMP2 platform and accommodate the latest generation of powertrains and driver assistance equipment.
To cover all customer needs, the vans will come in two lengths and will be available in 2-, 3- and 5- seater versions.
With each generation, Groupe PSA has brought useful and major innovations to the segment, now proposing two technologies that are unique on the market: the overload indicator and surround rear vision.
With this new offering, Groupe PSA intends to consolidate its leading position in the commercial vehicle market.
The manufacturer's chairman Carlos Tavares said: “Groupe PSA is very proud to receive this prestigious international award, which comes in recognition of our expertise and the positioning of our line-up as the best on the market.
“With this new generation of compact vans, we have reached a critical new milestone in the renewal of our BtoB range, in line with our ambitions for commercial vehicles as part of the Push to Pass strategic plan.”