Ford’s market-leading commercial vehicles picked up an unprecedented six trophies at the third annual VansA2Z awards. The five accolades were topped with Ford Transit Custom being named overall Van of the Year 2013. The all-new Ford Transit Custom also claimed the top spot for Best Small Panel Van as well as the award for Best Innovation thanks to its five-star Euro NCAP safety rating – the first vehicle in its segment to achieve five stars. Ford Transit won Best Minibus for the third year running, and the frugal new Fiesta Van – which accounts more than 60 per cent of its segment – won Best Small Van. Ford Ranger, International Pick-up of the Year 2013, was highly commended. Neil McIntee, VansA2Z editor, said: “We’re delighted to award the Transit Custom Best Small Panel Van and the overall Van of the Year accolade. Ford has raised the bar to new heights with the introduction of Transit Custom. In terms of dynamics, refinement, safety and clever, functional design features, it is untouchable. ”Ford commercial vehicles chief designer, Paul Campbell, said: “Ford is continuing to invest healthily in its commercial vehicle range, resulting in modern aesthetics, innovative design features and the latest in high-tech, low-CO2 powertrains. “The award-winning Transit Custom is the latest addition to Ford’s commercial vehicle range, and with new and exciting products still to come by 2014, Ford will continue to lead the competition.”
The all-new Ford Transit Custom claimed the International Van of the Year 2013 title when it was launched last year and has sold more than 1,100 units since November 2012.