2024 Commercial Vehicle of The Year: Ford Transit Custom
【Summary】The Ford Transit Custom has been named the Parkers Commercial Vehicle of the Year 2024 in the UK. Ford also won Best Medium Van with the Transit Custom, Best Electric Van with the E-Transit, and Best Pickup with the Ranger. The awards reflect the growth of the van and pickup market in the UK, with Ford being recognized for its innovations, driving experience, comfort, and technology. However, the Toyota Proace City won the Best Small Van award due to its 10-year warranty and dealer network.
Ford has been recognized as a multiple winner in the inaugural Parkers Van and Pickup Awards. The brand, which is the largest-selling commercial vehicle brand in the UK, took home several awards, including Commercial Vehicle of The Year with the all-new Transit Custom. Additionally, Ford won Best Medium Van with the same model, while the Best Electric Van award went to the E-Transit. The Ranger also secured a win in the Best Pickup category, adding to Ford's collection of accolades.
The van and pickup market in Britain is experiencing significant growth, with 10 consecutive months of expansion. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) predicts annual sales to reach 332,000 registrations. Unlike the Parkers New Car Awards 2024, the Parkers Van and Pickup Awards 2024 includes a separate electric van category due to the continued dominance of diesel vehicles in this market.
The all-new Ford Transit Custom has been named the best van on sale in the UK in 2024. This model not only won the Commercial Vehicle of The Year award but also triumphed in the Best Medium Van category. The Transit Custom stands out from its competitors with its innovative features and clever design, making it a top choice in the market.
Tom Webster, Deputy Head of the Digital Automotive Hub and Vans Editor, praised the Transit Custom, stating that it offers advanced technology, a wide range of driver assistance systems, and an excellent interior equipment offering that is unmatched by other vans. He concluded that the Transit Custom has improved upon its predecessor and is the best choice in its class.
In the large van category, the Ford Transit secured a consecutive win. This model is recognized not only for its impressive load capacity but also for its car-like driving experience, comfort, and overall usability. It also offers excellent in-car technology and a wide model range, solidifying its position as the best large van available in the market.
According to Tom Webster, the Transit is well-equipped, offers various drive options, and is supported by a comprehensive dealer network and the expanding Ford Pro proposition. He praised its driving experience, stating that it is a versatile all-rounder and the most famous name in commercial vehicles in the UK.
The Ford Ranger was named the Best Pickup, with Tom Webster highlighting its fantastic driving experience, spacious interior, and increased versatility compared to its predecessor. He emphasized that the Ranger sets a new standard in the pickup segment and is the top choice for buyers.
However, Ford did not dominate all categories. The Toyota Proace City won the Best Small Van award. Although it is similar to other leading models like the Citroen Berlingo, Fiat Doblo, Peugeot Partner, and Vauxhall Combo, the Proace City stood out due to its 10-year warranty and industry-leading dealer network, providing added security to owners.
Parkers Editor Keith Adams expressed excitement about the separate Van and Pickup Awards, reflecting the importance of commercial vehicles. He also praised the selection of winners, considering them a brilliant lineup.
The Van and Pickup Awards 2024 are a reflection of the evolving preferences of the commercial vehicle-buying public in the UK. The winners are determined through a combination of expert reviewers' assessments and analysis of the purchasing habits of the website's 2.3 million monthly users.
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