The festive period might be upon us, but Ford are currently celebrating a season of a different kind. The renowned British marque ruled supreme during the annual light commercial vehicle awards season, with the electrified Ford Hybrid Transit Custom lineup being crowned 'International Van of the Year' (IVOTY) 2020, and the Ford Ranger scooping the 'International Pick-up Award' (IPUA) 2020. Not only that - Ford is the first manufacturer to take both titles in the same year on two occasions!
International Van of the Year 2020 !
Ford has now won the prestigious IVOTY title an impressive six times. The new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and Transit Custom EcoBlue Hybrid models were judged joint winners for 2020 by a jury of 25 specialist journalists from across Europe. With 97 points, the Transit Custom lineup overwhelmed the competition - the second-place mild diesel hybrid Ford Transit EcoBlue collected 54 points. These models are just three of 14 electrified vehicles Ford has committed to releasing in Europe before the end of 2020. !
Judges praised the range of electrified powertrains offered by the Transit Custom vans - designed to help reduce fuel costs for operators, allow entry to the increasing number of low-emission zones and offer practical solutions for businesses trying to reduce emissions and meet clean-air targets.!
Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman of International Van of the Year, said: "Congratulations to Ford on their double success in winning both the International Van of the Year Award 2020 and International Pick-up Award 2020 in the same year. A great achievement and well deserved. The jury appreciated the direction that Ford has taken to develop a viable drivetrain alternative that meets both urban and rural requirements in a most eco-friendly fashion."!
Hans Schep, General Manager, Commercial Vehicles, Ford of Europe, commented on the victory: "Our new Transit Custom Plug-In Hybrid and EcoBlue Hybrid models are the right vehicles at the right time - helping our customers reduce costs and emissions, and meeting the challenges of operating in today's business environment without sacrificing practicality or payload."!
International Pick-Up Award 2020!
The Ford Ranger was crowned the winner of the biennial IPUA title, after wowing the 18 judges with its more powerful and fuel-efficient 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel powertrain and advanced driver assistance technologies, during a gruelling three-day group test in Sweden against four other nominees.
Jarlath Sweeney, Chairman of IVOTY, commented:
"Europe's bestselling 1-tonne pick-up truck has been acknowledged by the jury as their number one choice when it came to voting for the 2020 title holder. It's the second occasion that the Ranger has received this accolade after previously winning in 2013 and has come a long way since then with this latest generation."
Available in Regular Cab, Super Cab and Double Cab body styles, the new Ford Ranger features standard four-wheel drive and an enhanced version of the Ford 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine, offering up to a 9% fuel efficiency improvement when combined with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The future of commercial vehicles
These prestigious awards come hot on the heels of Ford's recent 'Backbone of Britain' campaign, which celebrates its range of commercial vehicles - specifically the Transit and Ranger.
The latest accolades are a testament to the brand's commitment to serving the British workforce, whatever their needs! At Hendy we are proud to stock the very latest Ford commercial vehicles - click below to explore the range.
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