VW Transporter Takes Home Top Industry Accolade

At the Business Van of the Year Awards last week the Volkswagen Transporter took the top prize.

At the Business Van of the Year Awards last week the Volkswagen Transporter took the top prize.

It is the time of the year when awards shows regularly hit the headlines across all industries, as major bodies and publications pick out the most important products, services and artistic creations that are set to make an impact over the coming months. And at the Business Van of the Year Awards last week, it was the Volkswagen Transporter which took the top prize, outdoing a broad field of rivals to prove itself a worthy winner once again.

VW Transporter Takes Home Two Awards

The Transporter was not only selected by judges as the best option in the large van category but also for the overall prize, edging out close runners-up such as the all-electric Kangoo ZE from Renault and the traditionally reliable Movano from Vauxhall.

This is the second time that the Transporter has been voted the van of the year in this particular ceremony, with spokesperson Ralph Morton saying that as well as being empowered by the strength of its brand, it is also able to offer commercial users a range of practical benefits.

Another category dominated by the Transporter was the Best Crew Van award, for which the Kombi T6 2.0 TDI Highline model was singled out as the victor. With a range of stylish aesthetic touches, including 16-inch alloys, this van is fun to drive and can pack in plenty of passengers in comfort.

Wins for Vauxhall and Renault

The Movano did manage to take home one award, being recognised for its role as a heavy van, while the Vauxhall Corsavan was voted as the current class leader in the small delivery van category.

The Kangoo ZE was the unsurprising choice for Best Green Van of 2017, with the i-Max model now boasting higher-capacity batteries than its predecessors. This gives it a range of 168 miles, which improves its practicality by a significant degree and means that it can be a worthwhile choice for small and medium-sized enterprises in the UK which are eager to cut their carbon footprint.

Renault’s futuristic LCV was just able to oust incumbent green van award winner, the Citroen Dispatch, putting it into second place. With a Euro 6 compliant engine and a design which helps to reduce the overall weight while not compromising on capacity capabilities, the Dispatch is still an excellent choice for those who prefer a more traditional power train.

Vauxhall’s final win came for the Combo, which was voted the best small trades van of the year. It can cope with payloads weighing up to a tonne, which is more than any of its rivals, giving it the edge over VW’s Caddy range and showing that there are still some areas in which the German firm needs to make improvements.

Absent from any of the top prizes was Ford, which continues to sell more vans in the UK than any other manufacturer but seems not to have impressed the judges in this instance as much as its competitors, which should spur it on to launch innovative new models in the future.

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