Published on Wednesday 29 May 2013 in Van News
Ford is celebrating a hat-trick after the new Ford Transit Custom received the Fleet World Honours for Best New Van and Best Medium Van, and took the award for Innovation. Fleet World Honours are presented by the trade magazine only to those motor manufacturers, service companies and individuals who have, in the opinion of the judges, achieved the highest possible level of excellence in their sector.
Van Manufacturer of the Year
With a 22.3 per cent market share for the year-to-date Ford continues to lead the UK commercial vehicle sector. The new Ford Transit Custom is the first in a series of Ford commercial vehicle launches. It will be followed later this year by the new Ford Transit Connect, and in 2014 by the all-new Ford Transit (two-tonne model) and all-new Ford Transit Courier.
Fleet World remarked that the Van Manufacturer of the Year title was really hard to call this year as the industry is seeing the introduction of some really exciting new products and technologies, but Ford is continuing to lead the way.
Best New Van and Best Medium Van
Sales of over 3,100 units in the UK prove that the Ford Transit Custom is not just popular with judging panels but is showing its mettle on the road too. The all-new van was chosen as the winner due to its extended service intervals of two years/30,000 miles, reduced ownership costs, and a significant uplift in residual values - all helping to benefit customers - fleet or otherwise.
It is the second year running that Ford has claimed the Innovation Award for the new Transit Custom. The van is packed full of innovative features including Load-through Bulkhead, Ford's Integrated Roof Rack, and Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance, which can automatically call the emergency services using a Bluetooth™ connected mobile phone. Significantly, the Ford Transit Custom is the first van to be awarded five stars in Euro NCAP testing.
This latest Ford Transit van also includes a number of features not usually found on commercial vehicles, including Load-sensing Electronic Stability Control, rollover mitigation and hill-start assist.
Despite a design that makes the van appear physically smaller on the road, the Transit Custom offers improved load volumes and payloads, with reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.