Citroen, Toyota and Peugeot Share Van of the Year Award

The Peugoet Expert (pictured), the Citroen Dispatch and the Toyota Proace won the Medium Van of the Year and the Light Commerical Vehicle of the Year at the 2017 What Van? Awards

The Peugoet Expert (pictured), the Citroen Dispatch and the Toyota Proace won the Medium Van of the Year and the Light Commerical Vehicle of the Year at the 2017 What Van? Awards

Last week saw the annual What Van? Awards hosted in London, with industry experts recognising the best LCVs on the market at the moment. And the top prize on the night was handed to not one but three manufacturers, according to Fleet Point.

Joint Win for Peugoet, Citroen and Toyota

Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota all shared the Van of the Year award for their light commercial vehicles, all of which share the same platform and features.

Because the Citroen Dispatch is built at the same factory as the Peugeot Expert and Toyota Proace, it is understandable that all three vans were grouped together, taking home the main award at the ceremony and also being recognised as the Medium Van of the Year for 2017.

Rival models, including the Ford Transit Custom and Mercedes-Benz Vito, were ably seen off by this trio of vans, allowing PSA and Toyota to establish themselves more comprehensively in the British market.

Awards spokesperson James Dallas said that while earlier van models from Peugeot, Citroen and Toyota had not managed to offer anything more than their closest competitors, this had changed with the latest generation of LCVs.

Large Van of the Year: Iveco Daily

The Iveco Daily, meanwhile, was chosen as the Large Van of the Year. It was recognised for its impressive efficiency, cutting-edge transmission and range of connectivity options, which make it an excellent choice for businesses.

Iveco spokesperson Pierre Lahutte pointed out that this was the third year in a row that the Daily had been able to take home the top prize in the large van segment at this awards event. He said this was a result of its ability to be productive and versatile, as well as reliable in the face of the usual strains of regular use.

The Euro 6 edition of the Daily, of course, comes with a cleaner engine that complies with new emissions standards, which is something that the judges recognised as being important. With 210hp it has plenty of power at its disposal, but it also offers lower levels of fuel consumption when driven conservatively.

The Daily range is especially varied when it comes to the volume of the cargo area, with the smallest model offering 7.3 cubic metres of space, while the largest more than doubles this to an impressive 19.6 cubic metres.

In addition to standard panel van models, other Daily vans can be configured with a crew cab set-up or as a chassis cab for further adaptability and conversion.

Small Van of the Year: Fiat Fiorino

The Small Van of the Year award went to the Fiat Fiorino, with the Italian automaker also taking home the prize for Light Van of the Year thanks to the benefits of the Doblo Cargo.

The emerging market for pickup trucks has been the subject of much discussion in the past year, so it was no surprise that veteran manufacturer Nissan was able to take the top prize with the Navara. Things could be different when the 2018 awards roll around and newcomers like the Fiat Fullback are in the running.

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