THE all-new Ford Transit Courier has received the top accolade at this year’s What Van? Awards by winning the Van of the Year 2015 award.
Ford continued its winning streak with the Transit Courier also picking up Small Van of the Year, the Transit Connect topping the Light Van category and Ranger collecting Pick-up of the Year. The Ford Fiesta Van was also highly commended in its category and the Transit Custom in the Medium Van category. “Ford’s revolution of its light commercial line-up has seen it offer the most comprehensive range of high-quality vehicles in the marketplace, in terms of visual appeal, driver appeal, innovation, technology and efficiency,” said What Van? editor Paul Barker.
“This massive investment has culminated with the Transit Courier offering a massive step forward in the small van segment, succeeding our only ever twice-Van of the Year winner the Transit Custom, while the excellent new Transit Connect is also a worthy winner of the Light Van category.”
The awards come at the end of a two-year overhaul of the entire Ford Transit range which included the addition this year of the Transit Courier – Ford’s first-ever small Transit van that delivers unsurpassed fuel efficiency across the diesel and petrol engine ranges. The 95PS 1.6-litre Duratorq TDCi, Dagenham-built engine achieves 76.3mpg and 97g/km CO2 emissions, and the multi-awardwinning 1.0-litre EcoBoost offers 54.3mpg and 119g/km CO2 – 15 per cent better than its closest rival.
Additionally, the stylish all-new Ford Transit Courier offers 10 per cent more load volume than its direct competitors with 2.3m3 (SAE) behind the bulkhead, as well as a longer load length at floor level, and greater access width through the sliding side doors. The entire Ford commercial vehicle range will now be available from Ford’s designated commercial dealer network, called Transit Centres, which will be rolled out across the country next year.
Transit Centres director Terry Rayner said: “I am delighted to receive the What Van? Van of the Year award for the Transit Courier – a Ford first in the small van segment. “2015 will be the first full year that the entire four-van Transit range will be available and will coincide with the launch of Ford’s specialist commercial vehicle dealerships and service centres.”